Thomas joins Watson, Aphibarnrat in Match Play quarters

Grant SmithMar 26, 2018

At the time of writing, he is three up through 12, and another step closer to taking the World No 1 position from Dustin Johnson, who crashed out in the first round. This is the third year at Austin Country Club.

During a two-year winless drought on the PGA TOUR, Bubba Watson admitted that he had thoughts of retirement. And when things are working, his opponents are left scratching their heads at just how he gets his golf ball to do those insane things.

"Neither one of us played great golf today", said the British Open champion. That soon became irrelevant when Kevin Kisner built an early lead and kept right on rolling to an 8-and-6 victory in the quarterfinals.

Reed, tied for second place at last year's PGA Championship, booked his place in the knock-out stage at the expense of Ryder Cup team-mate Jordan Spieth with a 2&1 triumph in group four. Kuchar applied all kinds of pressure on Kisner on the back nine, but he couldn't get Kisner to fold in the best match of the day. "Knowing that I can hit certain shots and do certain shots again, getting the strength back to hit the hard bomb or the big slice off the tee, things like that".

McIlroy was two down after finding two hazards in his first five holes and Harman's deadly approach play and solid putting did the rest.

Three American golfers and Swede Alex Noren remain in contention to win the WGC Match Play in Texas, after the quarterfinal dust settled on Sunday. "Hung in there and made putts when I needed to and was fortunate to get a win".

"I don't know what's going to come with it", Thomas said.

Reed is among 16 players who won their group on Friday at Austin Country Club and advanced to single-elimination on the weekend, all of them from matches away from a World Golf Championships title.

Chances on the 13th and 14th holes would not drop and Watson cruised home.

When Kisner missed a 4 1/2-foot par putt at eight, Noren took his first lead 1 up.

Kisner carded four consecutive bogeys and looked likely to lose the sixth hole as well, but he did well to scramble a par from 12 feet before Watson's putter misfired as he wasted a birdie chance from inside four feet. With the match all square, Noren made a 10-foot birdie at the 17th to go 1 up, and then holed a 15-foot par putt on the final hole to avoid going to a playoff with Finau.

Kiradech bogeyed the 10th and 11th to fall behind, and Watson birdied the next two holes to go 4 up, win the match and delay his vacation.

Bubba Watson has now beaten Aphibarnrat 5&3.

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