Scottish premier Bob MacIntyre was also feeling lucky, although his progress from the squad containing world number 1 Dustin Johnson actually owed nothing but the exciting left-hander talent.
After halving with Johnson on Thursday, MacIntyre, the 24-year-old Oban, was one against American Adam Long on the 18th tee. While driving, Johnson was standing above his 40ft on the 18th green against Kevin Na. Seconds later, MacIntyre’s ball bounced off the green and rolled up to two feet.
He was the first player to drive that hole all week, but MacIntyre thanked the stars after he came down from the left bank of the putting surface.
“It was probably one of the best and one of the luckiest golf shots I have ever hit in my life,” he said. hit flat, don’t go on the green. But I had to win the hole, so I said to myself: “let’s go”. Let’s go down. It was absolutely perfect – exactly what I needed.
MacIntyre faces Frenchman Victor Perez this morning, with the winner playing either Garcia or Hughes in the afternoon’s quarterfinals.
Rory McIlroy also created some drama on that last hole when he stepped in to claim a half with Australian Cam Smith. It was academic because at that point McIlroy was out anyway, Ian Poulter having beaten Lanto Griffin 2 & 1 to pass. Next up for Poulter is Scottie Scheffler. Tommy Fleetwood is another Englishman in the last 16 after seeing Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th. He now faces South African Dylan Frittelli.