Match Play Live: A day of elimination and comebacks
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):
As the second day of the Dell Technologies Match Play heads for a conclusion, already 14 of the 32 matches have gone the distance and six winners staged back-nine comebacks to win.
Friday is the final session of round-robin, and only one group will feature an undefeated pairing: Corey Conners of Canada against Alex Noren of Sweden. Neither had to play Paul Casey, out all week with back spasms.
There also is only one meaningless match between 0-2 records — Casey against Louis Oosthuizen — and that won’t be played because Casey withdrew from the tournament.
Among the top seeds from each group already eliminated are Patrick Cantlay, Oosthuizen, Bryson DeChambeau. Also eliminated is Keegan Bradley. Even though he rallied to halve his match against Adam Scott, it was his 14th consecutive match without winning in this tournament.
Kevin Kisner, who has won the Match Play and been a runner-up, was the latest to stage a comeback. He birdied three of his last four holes in going from 2 down with five to play to a 1-up victory over Luke List.
The old boys from Blighty will be battling each other with a chance to win their group in the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Lee Westwood lost a lead to Bryson DeChambeau and then beat him on the 18th to raise his record to 1-1-0. The 48-year-old from England is the only player in the field who was at the first Match Play at La Costa in 1999.
Richard Bland is a 49-year-old from England. He halved his match with DeChambeau on Wednesday, and then survived a roller coaster to beat Talor Gooch and improve to 1-0-1. Bland had a 4-up lead through eight holes, and Gooch squared the match on the 16th. Bland birdied the 17th and held on for the win.
Their group has loads of possibilities. But if Bland beats Westwood, he advances to the weekend. If Westwood wins, he only advances if DeChambeau beats Gooch.
Westwood says he and Bland go back to junior golf some 30 years ago. When Bland suggested an ambulance might be following along given their age, Westwood replied, “I’m the young guy. I’m still 48 for another month.”
Patrick Cantlay is the highest-ranked player at No. 4 who will show up Friday at the Dell Technologies Match Play with no chance of winning his group.