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Ernie Els continues his navigation of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship with a 4-and-2 win over Jordan Spieth in the Player Bracket in the quarterfinals.

Basically an underdog entering his match with the youngster, Els caught Spieth on the right day of the week and took full advantage. Spieth's poor Saturday performances on the West Coast Swing have potentially cost him the chance for multiple wins already this season. The good news for Els, who never trailed, is that he broke par for the first time all week. The Big Easy also showed a penchant for holing mid-range putts throughout the round, which could serve him well as he prepares for a semifinal bout with the winner of the Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell match.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Dustin Johnson has backed out of this week's Shell Houston Open, instead turning his attention toward Augusta National Golf Club for the first major of the year. Scott Stallings earns a spot in the field in his place.

Johnson has used the Golf Club of Houston on five occasions to prep for the Masters. That includes a third-place finish last year, a mid-tournament WD in 2014, and a T4 in 2013. This year he's decided to alter his plans after originally committing at the deadline but deciding otherwise after hoisting the boots at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. That was the third straight win for the World No. 1 (Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship) so there was really nothing to gain by entering this week's event. With Johnson's form in top gear, he will head down Magnolia Lane next week as one of the clear favorites.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 27 - 12:48 PM

Making his tournament debut, 21-seed Jon Rahm lost to top-seeded and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson in the Finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to take away solo 2nd and end with a record of 6-1-0.

This was the 22-year-old's second WGC event, finishing T3 at the Mexico Championship in his last start three weeks ago, also won by Johnson. He reached the Final with a 3-and-2 win over Bill Haas in the morning semis. It was the Spaniard's 21st career start on TOUR (16 pro) and is a third straight top-5 finish, fourth in his last five. He got in a huge hole early against the 1-seed, 5 DOWN thru eight holes, but trimmed that to three after winning holes 9 and 10 (with pars). DJ won 12 with birdie-4 but Rahm took the par-4 13th with a 2-putt birdie after driving the green, his first birdie of the contest. He then won 15 and 16, also with birdies, now 1 DOWN with two to go, but that was the final margin after matching pars at 17 and 18. Each player circled three birdies in the finale.
Mar 26 - 7:40 PM

1-seed Dustin Johnson staved off 21-seed Jon Rahm 1 UP to claim the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play for his 15th TOUR title in 208 career starts, third this season and third straight, and became the first player to win all four WGC titles.

This was the 32-year-old's ninth Match Play with a previous best of T5 last year where he won his Group but lost in the quarters (3-2-0 record). He went a perfect 7-0-0 this year en route to his fifth overall WGC title in 29 tries. The South Carolina native began his 3-win streak at the Genesis Open, where he had to play 36 holes on Sunday, and had to play 36 again today, outlasting Hideto Tanihara 1 UP in the semis. The World No. 1, who never trailed a single hole all week, built a commanding 5 UP lead thru eight against the 22-year-old Spaniard, but Rahm trimmed that to three with par wins at 9 and 10. DJ won the 12th with birdie-4, now 4 UP with six to go, but Rahm won 13, 15 and 16 with birdies. The duo traded a couple of hair-raising pars for the final margin with DJ shooting the equivalent of 1-under 70 (three birdies) and Rahm 71 (three birdies).
Mar 26 - 7:17 PM

Making his tournament debut, 54-seed Hideto Tanihara lost his last two matches on Sunday at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play but departs with a career-TOUR-best solo 4th and an overall record of 4-2-1.

The 14-time winner on the Japan Tour was making a 45th career start on the PGA TOUR, fourth in a WGC event. His previous best in a non-WGC was T5 at the 2006 Open Championship and his previous best in a WGC was T32 at this year's Mexico Championship. Besides the 38-year-old's surprise run to the consolation match, which will get the World No. 60 into the Masters in two weeks, he'll leave with one more fantastic memory from Sunday afternoon, acing the 207-yard par-3 seventh using an 8-iron. (VIDEO LINK below).
Mar 26 - 6:50 PM

42-seed Bill Haas rallied to a 2-and-1 win over 54-seed Hideto Tanihara in the consolation match of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and claimed 3rd place with an overall record of 5-2-0.

This was Haas' seventh Match Play with a previous-best T9 last year where he won his Group but lost in the Round of 16. It was his 28th overall WGC event and eclipses a previous-best T4 at this season's HSBC Champions. The 34-year-old bounced back from a 3-and-2 loss to Jon Rahm in the morning semis. He was 1 DOWN thru four holes against the Japanese first-timer but squared the match with birdie-3 at five. Tanihara moved back to 1 UP with an ace at the par-3 seventh, and 2 UP at the turn, winning the ninth with par. Haas leveled the contest claiming the 10th and 11th, the latter with birdie-2 (from 28 inches) after a fortuitous bounce off the hill. He lost the 12th (concession) but moved back to 1 UP with par wins at 13 and 14, and closed out at 17 with par while Tanihara 3-putted from 37'4" for bogey.
Mar 26 - 6:35 PM

Bill Lunde kept his name in the mix all day during round four of the Puerto Rico Open, penciling in a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to end the week on 18-under 270, good for a share of second place, two strokes off the winning pace of D.A. Points.

Playing on conditional status, Lunde was the last man to earn a spot in the field this week, on merit. He made sure he put the opportunity to good use, trading 23 birdies with just five bogeys on the week. His plan of attack was very balanced as he closed the week ranked T11 in fairways hit, T15 in GIR percentage, and 14th in Putts per GIR. Lunde was battling all day and made things really interesting when he chipped in for birdie at the 17th hole, getting within one stroke of D.A. Points to apply the pressure. He would go on to par the 18th while Points would birdie, but this week's result is still huge for Lunde. He picks up 116.66 FedExCup Points for his efforts and also earns a spot in next week's Shell Houston Open.
Mar 26 - 3:09 PM

World No. 634 D.A. Points resumed his ball-striking clinic in the final round of the Puerto Rico Open, cruising his way toward a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to close out the week on 20-under 268, good for the top spot in the field by two strokes, earning him a third PGA TOUR title in 285 starts.

The 40-year-old pelted 49 (of 54) greens in regulation over the first three rounds and remained locked in today as he found 15 more greens during his final navigation of Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. His four-day tally of 64 GIR was best in the field this week. It wasn't just good approach play that did the trick, because all that was set up by his accuracy off the tee, splitting 47 (of 56) fairways on the week to rank T1 in the field which also allowed him to take advantage of preferred lies for most the week. Points was playing the 2016-17 season out of the Web.com Tour graduate category. This win will improve that status and earn him a two-year exemption on TOUR, although it doesn't come with the privilege of a spot in the Masters field. This is the third PGA TOUR trophy collected by Points, previously winning the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and 2013 Shell Houston Open. Up next for him is an appearance at the site of that second win, the Golf Club of Houston.
Mar 26 - 2:52 PM

Bryson DeChambeau smoothed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during the final round of the Puerto Rico Open to end the week on 18-under 270 to join Retief Goosen as co-clubhouse leaders with play winding down for the week. UPDATE: With play finished for the week, DeChambeau got passed up by D.A. Points, finishing T2 on the week, a new personal best for the 23-year-old.

The SMU scientist was struggling with a two-way miss on Saturday but he corrected that today to split nine (of 14) fairways. With preferred lies in effect, he parlayed those fairways into 15 greens in regulation and circle five birdies along the way. That includes a clutch birdie putt from the fringe at the closing, par-5 18th hole. The closing birdie puts him at 18-under to join Retief Goosen as current clubhouse leaders. They will both wait patiently as the final groups play the final two holes. Even if he falls short, a top 10 will earn him a spot in next week's Houston Open, not too far from home. He is currently an alternate in that event.
Mar 26 - 2:10 PM

Top-seeded Dustin Johnson outlasted 54-seed Hideto Tanihara 1 UP in semifinals play of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and moves on to the Championship Match against first-timer and 21-seed Jon Rahm.

Johnson goes to 6-0-0 while Tanihara drops to 4-1-1 and plays for 3rd place vs. Bill Haas. The World No. 1 won the first with birdie (from 24'4"), lost the second (3-putt from 48'9"), and won the third with a 16-foot par-saver from the fringe (16'6"), despite hitting his tee shot OB. He went 2 UP with a 35'7" sidewinder for eagle at the par-5 sixth, and 3 UP with a 9-footer for birdie-2 at seven. Tanihara won his second hole, first with birdie, circling the eighth (7'9") after DJ missed his from 8'7", now 2 DOWN. Tanihara won the 10th (2-putt par) after DJ lipped a par-saver from 6'1". Johnson won the 12th with birdie-4 (8'0") to go 2 UP with Tanihara 3-putting from 18 feet for par. Tanihara fought back to all square though, circling the 13th and the 14th. DJ got back to 1 UP with birdie at the par-5 17th (6'5") and closed out with an 8'4" par-saver while Tanihara missed a 12-footer for birdie to extend the match.
Mar 26 - 2:04 PM

With tee times moved up due to the threat of inclement weather, Retief Goosen took advantage of the early tee time in round four of the Puerto Rico Open, styling a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 to take his claim as the early clubhouse leader on 18-under 270. UPDATE: With play finished for the week, Goosen got passed up by winner D.A. Points, but still finished the week with a T2 next to his name.

The 48-year-old arrived on the heels of nine straight missed cuts but started his week with rounds of 68-67-71=206 (-10) to set aside that poor form. He saved the best for last, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways today to take full advantage of lift, clean, and place. Goosen parlayed that into 16 greens, allowing him a stress-free navigation around Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. On the week, he's swallowed just two bogeys which has allowed him to throw his name into the mix despite ranking just T14 in total birdies at the moment. The South African has put some pressure on the leaders by submitting this early clubhouse lead, but he'll need them to really tighten up for it to hold. Whether it holds for a win or not, this will be his first top 10 since the 2015 Barracuda Championship (Solo 6th).
Mar 26 - 1:19 PM

21-seed Jon Rahm sent 42-seed Bill Haas to an afternoon consolation match with a 3-and-2 win in semifinals action of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and moves on to the Championship Match against the winner of the contest between 1-seed Dustin Johnson and 54-seed Hideto Tanihara. UPDATE: Rahm will face Johnson in the Championship Match, scheduled to begin at 3:15 pm ET.

Rahm improves to 6-0-0 while Haas drops to 4-2-0 and settles for a battle for 3rd place. The Spaniard, making his first Match Play appearance and second WGC overall (T3, Mexico), was down early, but never more than one hole. Haas won the par-4 third with a 36'8" splash for birdie and the duo halved the third with birdie-2s. Rahm leveled with birdie at the par-4 fifth and went 1 UP with birdie at the fifth. Haas squared the contest with birdie-2 at seven (from 16 feet) and they'd stay that way thru the 12th. Rahm took control with birdie-3 at 13 (6'11") and then closed out with back-to-back circles at 15 and 16 from 9'7" and 7'2", respectively.
Mar 26 - 1:17 PM




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