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*Cisco World Match Play Championship
Virginia Water, Surrey, United Kingdom - England 14 Oct 1999 - 17 Oct 1999
Let the Matches commence !
The Cisco World Match Play Championship gets under way at Wentworth with eight men playing for the right to meet the top four seeds on Friday. As battle is waged over 36 matchplay holes on Wentworth's West course, the four top seeds - defending champion Mark O'Meara, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Nick Price - will have a day off as they prepare for their quarter-final matches.
Player Transcript - Garcia
"As you said, a great year. I couldn’t have asked for anything else The last couple of weeks, a couple of victories, and looking for a third one. That is why I am here. Retief is a pretty good player. It is going to be tough to beat him. I will just go out there and try to play my game, try to make a lot of birdies, and not too many mistakes, and let us see if I can make it."
Player Transcript - Price
Press Interview - Wednesday, 13 October.
"My year has been – with the exception of perhaps the six weeks which included the US Open and the British Open ( I was in some kind of funk, I just wasn’t playing well – wasn’t very interested). But when I came back from a three week vacation, I have played really well since then. PGA I had a good opportunity to win there and then I played well in the World Series – I finished third three shots behind Tiger. Then I won in Japan.
Honours shared after morning of first round
The first morning of the Cisco World Match Play Championship produced a series of cut-and-thrust affairs with little separating the players in all four matches. At no time did any of the eight hold more than a two-hole lead, and as the matches went into the second 18 holes of the day, all eight still had a genuine chance of making further progress.
O'MEARA DEFENDS WORLD MATCH PLAY TITLE
There have been numerous classic encounters during the 36-year history of the World Match Play, and none more so than the 1998 final between Mark O’Meara and Tiger Woods.
Draw for the 1999 Cisco World Match Play
The draw for the first two rounds of the Cisco World Match Play Championship was made on Tuesday, October 12th. Player seedings are shown in brackets with the first seed going to defending champion Mark O'Meara, and the remaining seeds allocated according to player positions in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Harrington shines through
The first day's play in the Cisco World Match Play Championship at Wentworth on Thursday was illuminated by some magnficent golf, but none of the eight players involved shone more brightly than Padraig Harrington. Besides the Irishman, the first round winners were Retief Goosen, Craig Parry and Notah Begay III.
First round results
O'Meara Defends Lead after Lunch
Craig Parry was hit with a barrage of birdies by Mark O'Meara in the morning round of their second-round match at the Cisco World Match Play Championship on Friday. Parry did virtually nothing wrong, shooting a six-under-par 66, but he still ended the first half of the match three holes down to the former Masters and Open champion. O'Meara had a 63 and could even afford the luxury of two bogeys in a round that contained an eagle three at the par-five fourth and nine birdies.
Awesome Putting from Price
Nick Price kept up the awesome putting that carried him through his first two matches in the Cisco World Match Play Championship in the morning round of his semi-final against Mark O'Meara. O'Meara was still severely hampered by a painfully stiff neck, but that did little to detract from Price's performance - in the form he was in on the greens, nobody could have lived with him, injured or 100 per cent fit.
Knock-out blow decides semi-final
The final of the Cisco World Match Play Championship on Sunday will be a Europe against United States affair, with Colin Montgomerie trying to gain some small revenge for the Ryder Cup defeat he and his team-mates suffered at the hands of the Americans at Brookline three weeks ago. Montgomerie handed out a seven and six thumping to Padraig Harrington, his Ryder Cup colleague, while Mark O'Meara, the defending champion, went through the pain barrier to beat Nick Price by one hole, achieving victory with a brilliant pitch shot on the final green.
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