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.
AUSTIN, Texas – Rory McIlroy had an interesting week at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He lost to Soren Kjeldsen, 2 and 1, on Day 1 despite a respectable 4-under card through 17 holes; won on Day 2 from his couch after Gary Woodland withdrew because of a family matter and had to concede his match; and learned, from the same couch, that his Friday match against Emiliano Grillo was meaningless, at least as far as advancing to the round of 16 was concerned. Because Kjeldsen won his Day 2 match against Grillo and was assured a full point on Friday because he was scheduled to play Woodland, he was guaranteed a trip to the Sweet 16 with three points. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Full bracket
Phil Mickelson has put on a show this week at the WGC-Match Play, winning each of his first three matches in blowout fashion, 5 & 3, 5 & 4, and 6 & 4. Mickelson closed out his matches on the 15th, 14th and 14th holes, and though he’s likely plenty pleased with the performance, he’ll be winging it on those holes to some extent when he finally gets the chance. "I don't know the last three [holes]," Mickelson said Thursday after his win over Daniel Berger.