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Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño alerted his followers on Twitter why he elected not to tee it up at this week's Shell Houston Open.

GFC wrote: "My top ten gets me into Houston next week, but I had to turn it down as I want to be fresh for The Masters." A short-term loss may be a long-term gain as he also retweeted the PGA TOUR's tweet about him becoming eligible for Special Temporary Membership. This would lead gamers to believe that he'll accept at some point. In an article at GolfByTourMiss.com, he discusses that his sights are to play in the U.S. more often. "The PGA Tour School is no longer an option for us and unfortunately the European Tour is struggling so I would like to make enough money to take out ‘Temporary Membership’ in the hope of securing my PGA card for next year," he said prior to a T3 at Bay Hill. "So that’s my goal to play here more in the States on a regular basis."
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Rory McIlroy steals a 1-up win over Jim Furyk in the semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and the No. 1 seed will face the No. 50 seed Gary Woodland in the Championship Match.

After the pair halved the first with birdies, McIlroy took a 1-up lead on Furyk's bogey at No. 3. McIlroy immediately squared his own bogey at the next and the match is back to all square. The Northern Irishman regained the 1-up advantage with birdie on No. 5 and then chips-in for birdie from the rough at the seventh but Furyk answered dropping a 20-foot putt for a circle of his own to halve. Furyk answered again at No. 8 dropping his second lengthy birdie putt, this one from 19 feet. He snatched his first lead on the ninth after McIlroy failed to save par from a green-side bunker. McIlroy strikes back at the 11th, canning a 28-footer for birdie to get back to all square. Tree trouble on 12 for Furyk led to a double bogey-6 but he rebounded on the next converting a six-foot birdie to level the match once again. Furyk then moved to 1-up with another circle on the 15th and looked in control but McIlroy finished birdie-birdie and walk-off eagle on 18 to end the match in dramatic fashion.
May 3 - 2:32 PM

Gary Woodland dispatched Danny Willett 3-and-2 in the semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Woodland conceded the fourth hole to Willett and the 27-year-old Englishman owned an early 2-up lead. After the duo exchanged birdie-4s on the fifth, Woodland reeled off two more birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to claw back to all square. The American took his first lead of the match when Willett squared his first bogey at the par-4 eighth and he maintained his 1-up advantage through the 11th. The 30-year-old Woodland then stiffed his approach on 12 (from 72 yards out) to within four feet and converted the birdie to move to 2-up. Willett fought back to 1-down with birdie on the par-3 13th but a costly three-putt bogey from 23 feet on the 14th dropped him back to 2-down. Woodland ended the match on 16 dropping a 15-foot birdie putt to move on to the final.
May 3 - 1:41 PM

Rory McIlroy outlasted Paul Casey in 22 holes in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and the No. 1 seed advances to face No. 5 seed Jim Furyk. The other semifinal will feature Danny Willett (No. 48) versus Gary Woodland (No. 50).

It took 22 holes (and a second day) to determine the final player to reach the semifinals but McIlroy outlasted the No. 36 seed Casey in a protracted battle. McIlroy was 1-up early on over the Englishman Casey but found himself 2-down (thru seven) as Casey circled birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 7. A birdie-3 on 10 cut the Northern Irishman's deficit to 1-down and the match went all square at 13 as Casey squared his second bogey on the round. Casey went 1-up after McIlroy bogeyed 14 but his own bogey on 17 brought the match back to all square. Darkness suspended play on Saturday after 21 holes and when the match resumed Sunday morning McIlroy made quick work of Casey (who had fallen ill overnight) eliminating him with a birdie-4 on the 22nd hole.
May 3 - 10:16 AM

Jim Furyk eliminated Louis Oosthuizen 4-and-2 in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and awaits the winner of the Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey match.

Furyk trailed 1-down over the span of five holes in the middle portion of the match but caught fire on the back nine with four birdies in seven holes to dispatch the South African with ease. After trailing 1-down early on, Oosthuizen moved to a 1-up lead with birdie on the fifth, and had his chances to increase the lead on Nos. 6, 8 and 9 but could never take advantage. Furyk seized the opportunity with birdie on 10 to get back to all square and after the duo exchanged pars on 11, Furyk took the lead for good with another birdie at the par-4 12th. A concession at 14 and two additional circles for Furyk at 15 and 16 ended it. This is Furyk's first time to reach the semifinals in 14 starts at the WGC-Match Play.
May 2 - 10:11 PM

Danny Willett cruised to a 4-and-3 victory over Tommy Fleetwood in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and will face Gary Woodland in the semifinals.

Willett remained unfazed (and unbeaten) in his WGC-Match Play debut. The 27-year-old is now 5-0 and was not seriously challenged by his fellow Englishman Fleetwood, who was also making his first Match Play appearance. After the pair matched birdies on the par-5 opener, Willett took the 1-up lead with a birdie on No. 3 and quickly moved it to 2-up with par on the fourth. That would be the margin at the turn as each player further squared a bogey against three pars heading to the back nine. Willett added another birdie on the 12th to up the lead to 3-up with six to play. Fleetwood took bogey to lose the 14th (his fourth bogey of the match) and fell to 4-down for the final margin.
May 2 - 9:40 PM

Englishman Paul Casey dispatched Charl Schwartzel 3-and-1 in the round of 16 at today's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Casey hasn't qualified for the WGC-Match Play since 2011 but his back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010 proves he's adept at the format. His win over Schwartzel in the round of 16 morning matches moves him to 4-0 and a face off with Jim Furyk in the quarterfinals. All square through the first six holes, Casey would birdie four of his next six holes to catapult to a 4-up lead thru 12. Schwartzel fought back with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 to trim the deficit to 2-up, but that would be as close the South African would get and a par-3 on No. 17 was sufficient for Casey to advance.
May 2 - 7:35 PM

Rory McIlroy cruised to a 6-and-5 thumping of Hideki Matsuyama in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and will face No. 36 seed Paul Casey in the quarterfinals.

McIlroy went undefeated in the round-robin stage and the overall No. 1 seed moved to 4-0 with an anti-climatic elimination of the 23-year-old Japanese star. The 'marquee match' in the round of 16 wasn't much of a contest. After exchanging birdie-4's on the first, McIlroy went 1-up with birdie at the par-3 second (his fifth consecutive par breaker in regulation going back to yesterday's match) and the Northern Irishman never looked back. After Matsuyama squared bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7 to lose each, McIlroy's lead swelled to 5-up when he added his fourth birdie of the match on the par-4 eighth. Matsuyama had a glimmer of hope after he stuck his tee shot to nine inches for a kick-in birdie on the par-3 ninth, but the glimmer was short lived as McIlroy struck back with birdie on 10 to quickly get back to 5-up. A foregone conclusion at this point, the 25-year-old McIlroy added his sixth birdie at the 12th to extend the margin and mercifully, the beating would end at the 13th.
May 2 - 6:37 PM

Louis Oosthuizen mustered a 1-up victory over Rickie Fowler in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and will face Jim Furyk in the quarterfinals.

Oosthuizen raced to a 3-up lead thru seven, lost the lead entirely seven holes later, and emphatically ended the match with eagle at the par-5 finisher. The 32-year-old South African was in firm control as he stood over a six-foot birdie putt on the par-4 eighth (already 3-up) but needing his putt to drop to halve the hole, and he missed. He had another glorious opportunity at the par-3 ninth, sticking his tee shot to four feet, and again, he missed. Although he did move the lead to 3-up with a birdie-3 on No. 10, the short misses on the two previous holes had given Fowler life and the 26-year-old American grasped the momentum with a birdie on 11 to trim his deficit to 2-down. Oosthuizen's lone bogey on 13 would drop his lead to 1-up and Fowler capitalized again on the momentum shift with a birdie-3 on 14 to get back to all square. Each exchanged pars on 15-17 before Fowler's errant tee shot on 18 led to bogey for the final margin.
May 2 - 6:08 PM

Jim Furyk took down J.B. Holmes 5-and-3 in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Furyk, the Group 5 winner from the round-robin stage, methodically ran over the long-hitting Holmes to advance to the quarterfinals and will face the No. 29 seed Louis Oosthuizen. The 44-year-old exchanged birdies with Holmes on the par-5 opener and a bogey-5 on No. 4 dropped him to 1-down in the early going. His deficit was short lived, as Holmes squared bogey on No. 6 to move the match back to all square. Furyk took his first lead of the match with a par-4 on the eighth and that remained the margin at the turn. Furyk then pounced on Holmes with back-to-back par breakers on 10 and 11 to quickly move to 3-up in the match and added his fourth birdie at the par-3 13th to extend his lead. Holmes' concession on the par-4 15th is how the match would end.
May 2 - 5:17 PM

Danny Willett defeated fellow countryman Lee Westwood 3-and-2 in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Willett continues to surprise as the No. 48 seed and will face yet another Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood, in the quarterfinals. Westwood took the upper hand early with birdie on the par-5 first and maintained that margin through No. 4. Willett got the match back to all square with his first circle on the par-5 fifth. Each recorded birdie-3s on No. 6 and pars on Nos. 7-11 until Willett took his first lead of the match with a par breaker on the 12th. The 27-year-old added another circle on 15 to go 2-up and par on 16 against Westwood's bogey was the final margin.
May 2 - 4:57 PM

Gary Woodland upended Marc Leishman 2-and-1 in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Woodland, the No. 50 seed, opened with birdie on the par-5 first to go 1-up and never trailed in the match against the No. 56 seed. Both entered the round of 16 undefeated and it was Woodland that emerged to advance to the quarterfinals. A par at No. 2 was sufficient for Woodland to move to 2-up, and he would push that lead to 3-up at 8 when he stuck his approach from 158 yards to 10 inches for the birdie. Leishman fought back with birdies on 9 and 10 and his par breaker on 12 got the match back to all square. Woodland answered back with birdies on the par-4 14th and 15th to go 2-up. The duo traded pars on 17 to end the match. Woodland will play the winner of the Hunter Mahan, John Senden match.
May 2 - 4:07 PM




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