Dustin Johnson answered a rare challenge and Jon Rahm delivered another early knockout Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play, staying on track for a potential showdown between No. 1 in the world and golf's brightest new star. Johnson has looked so unbeatable this week that he led all 71 holes he had played until he lost a 3-up lead at the turn and was all square in his quarterfinal match when Alex Noren of Sweden holed a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 12. Rahm was so dominant Saturday he played only 27 holes in two matches, and none of his last three matches have gone beyond the 14th hole.
The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play settled into a familiar routine in Saturday’s knock out stages, with the field being trimmed to the final four on an eventful day that featured plenty of storylines. 1. Phil Mickelson’s run ended with his quarterfinals loss to Bill Haas, but the week was still a success for Lefty, who had only advanced to the weekend once before at the Match Play, as he prepares for the Masters in two weeks. “I feel as though the way I'm playing I'd like to get myself in contention,” said Mickelson, who is scheduled to play next week at the Shell Houston Open. 2. Ross Fisher also won’t be making an appearance in Sunday’s semifinals following his 4-and-2 loss to Hideto Tanihara, but his trip to the quarterfinals will move the Englishman into the top 50 in the World Ranking and assure him a spot at the Masters, which he hasn’t played since 2012.
If you were skeptical about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hitting a 490-yard drive, there’s now an authoritative voice on your side. TMZ caught up with John Daly recently and got to talking with the now PGA Tour Champions player about long drives. That is certainly a topic Long John knows all about, as he was only the longest hitter on the PGA Tour for a decade. (That’s not opinion: Aside from 1994, Daly led the Tour in driving distance every year from 1991 to 2002.) So when he heard about The Rock claiming to have hit a 490-yard drive, Daly offered his analysis. Simply, Daly doesn’t believe the actor’s statement. Long John says this 490-yard drive is “highly unlikely” and he would only believe it