WGC Match Play: Bryson DeChambeau remains alive, but Justin Thomas crashes | Golf news

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Bryson DeChambeau laughed at his ‘weird’ workout in the 10th

Bryson DeChambeau laughed after a 46-yard drive as he kept his WGC-Dell Technologies Play game hopes alive with a crucial victory over Si Woo Kim on Matchday 2 in Texas.

DeChambeau’s loss to Antoine Rozner was the big upset on opening day at Austin Country Club, but he produced the response he needed after following Kim with just five holes to play and suffering a particularly peculiar moment. embarrassing on the 10th tee.

The US Open champion was attempting to cut the dogleg to the left at the 395-yard par-foursome and hoped to drive the green, but he hit a low “heel” that gunned a tree to the left and rolled back on the green. fairway, coming to rest near a practice green – 46 yards away.

DeChambeau's ball only traveled 46 yards

DeChambeau’s ball only traveled 46 yards

“I shot him lower than I wanted,” said DeChambeau, who compounded the error with another in the 11th short, where he fired his tee shot into the water and lost his third hole. in a row to fall behind.

“He fell low on his face and came out low. I could have easily cleared the trees as I wanted, but I hit him on the wrong part of the face and as a result hit the branch of the tree. Hey look, I was trying to drive the green, whether it was the practice green or the 10th green. I approached him! ”

DeChambeau birdieed at 14-15 to regain the lead, and a par in 17th closed a 2-1 win that forced him to beat Tommy Fleetwood on Friday to move up from Group 5.

Tommy Fleetwood faces crucial clash with DeChambeau on Friday

Tommy Fleetwood faces crucial clash with DeChambeau on Friday

Fleetwood, who birdied the last to snatch a half with Kim on day one, watched in control of his clash with Rozner early on, taking a three-hole lead on the turn before securing a 4-3 victory and a victory. on DeChambeau would see him advance to the final 16, although a halved game could work in his favor as well.

“Bryson crushed him literally and figuratively,” said Fleetwood, whose only previous game against DeChambeau was at the Ryder Cup in 2018, while he and Tiger Woods fell short for the perfect couple. Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari.

“He’s doing really well and clearly very well for the game and it will be just nice to go up against him and see what we can do. I think I will get to the two matches, one more in this group stage and fate. is still in your hands somehow, I think it’s a good position. So there is a lot to play for tomorrow. ”

Justin Thomas has already been eliminated

Justin Thomas has already been eliminated

As DeChambeau gave himself a shot at reaching the round of 16, world No.2 Justin Thomas crashed after falling in a 2-1 loss to Kevin Kisner in Group 2.

Thomas, who picked up the Players’ Championship victory earlier this month, was beaten by 2019 runner-up Matt Kuchar on day one and it was a similar story against the defending champion, slipping four behind on the front turn. to rally on the last nine, but not enough to save a result.

Matt Fitzpatrick bounced back from his loss to Jordan Spieth with a resounding 5 and 4 mauling from Corey Conners which left Group 15 finely balanced, Spieth being held out by Matthew Wolff.

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But Fitzpatrick’s compatriots Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Wallace were both knocked out, with Hatton struggling to keep his cool again in a 3-2 loss to Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, while Lee Westwood won a convincing 5 and 3 victory over Wallace.

Garcia only needs a draw with Wallace on Friday to move up from Group 8, although the Spaniard’s loss would open the door to Westwood if the veteran could beat Hatton.

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