Dell Match Play 2018: Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson Advance to Semifinals

Daily Texan Staff

The victor of each group after three days of round robin advances to the 18-hole single elimination matches. But Schauffele was never headed as he won two of the next three holes. Aphibarnrat, seeded 28th, was 3-0 in pod play.

McIlroy's 5&3 defeat by the inspired Brian Harman was to prove the Northern Irishman's last competitive outing until the Masters. Harman had an easy time with McIlroy, the sixth seed, who was coming off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, earning a 5-and-3 victory.

"That takes it out of you, being in contention, and all that mental energy", said the 28-year-old after his final competitive tune-up for the Masters, the only Major title he needs to complete a career Grand Slam.

"I wish I was hanging around for the weekend but I'll rest up and get a little bit of work in before going to Augusta".

"Bay Hill was tiring". "I thought I played decent golf from there, but with three water balls and three three-putts, you're not going to win many matches". "And I've been trying to figure out how to get back to that level, and I've been trying different things".

"I keep advancing, so that's the key", Watson said before explaining how his equipment company had adjusted the loft of his putter.

Spieth was a 4 & 2 victor over China's Li Haotong while Reed defeated South Africa's Charl Schwartzel 1 up. Mickelson, who lost to Charles Howell III in the opening round, rallied from 4-down after eight holes and won the last three holes to beat Satoshi Kodaira.


Thomas, the No. 2 seed, was the highest-ranked player to survive group play and advance to the Round of 16.

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"I just played really well again", said Thomas. Instead of crumbling to the match-play stalwart, Noren blitzed him from there on his way to a 5-and-3 win. Today, I was excited to see how low I could go, I could post a serious number. "I'd rather be 2- or 3-up on the front and play the back like I've been playing it, and win 5 & 4, but unfortunately I didn't manage to do it all week". And I played well. Missed a couple of short putts but made my share as well. "That was big, and then I was able to make four birdies. that was a nice, strong finish for me".

Second seed Thomas, last year's PGA Championship victor, routed 50th-seeded South Korean Kim Si-woo 6&5 to reach a quarter-final clash against United States compatriot Kyle Stanley, the 45th seed who dumped out reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia 3&1.

Thomas figured to be headed for a quarterfinal showdown with Sergio Garcia, but those plans were altered when American Kyle Stanley dispatched the Spaniard with a convincing 3 and 1 win that was aided by clutch birdies on No. 16 and No. 17. "Just play your opponent".

"The last three years I've played well, not well enough, and hopefully I put the last piece of the puzzle in there this year and get it done".

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