Saturday, 30 March 2019
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods  (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

It was another eventful day at Austin Country Club as Francesco Molinari, Lucas Bjerregaard, Kevin Kisner and Matt Kuchar reached the semi-finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Here is a look at some of the stories you might have missed. 

World was watching Woods v McIlroy

The first ever match play encounter between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy might have started before 9am local time on a Saturday morning but nothing was going to stop fans from experiencing the contest - even those who are more used to playing golf than watching it. World Number 15 Tony Finau's participation in the tournament ended on Friday when he lost to Ian Poulter by one hole in his final Group 14 clash but his focus was still very much on Austin Country Club early on Saturday as two players with 18 Major Championship titles between them went head-to-head, with Woods coming out on top.

Monster putts fly in

Li Haotong's last 16 match did not go according to plan as Kevin Kisner won 6&5, but the Chinese player will always have the memory of his huge 63 foot birdie putt at the ninth which earned him his only hole of the match. And Kevin Na got in on the act in his 2up win over Justin Rose on Saturday morning, holing his 46 foot effort to win the seventh and eventually close out a brilliant victory.

Kuchar's incredible recovery

Matt Kuchar was in fine form during his 4&3 success against Tyrrell Hatton and this was highlighted by an astonishing approach at the 13th. The American went so far right off the tee that he ended up in the rough on the fourth hole. With his view obscured by a stand full of spectators and water at the back of the green, Kuchar held his nerve to land his second shot within 20 feet of the pin and he miraculously halved the hole.

Oosthuizen and Kisner don't do things by halves

The fans who chose to follow Louis Oosthuizen's quarter-final clash with Kevin Kisner on Saturday afternoon were treated to a classic match play contest. None of the first seven holes were halved as last year's runner up Kisner and 2010 Open Championship winner Oosthuizen both played their part in a thrilling battle. Kisner set the tone when he holed his approach at the first for an eagle before an Oosthuizen birdie pulled him level. Kisner won the third before the South African took the fourth and fifth to go ahead. The match was soon all square again when American Kisner won the sixth but Oosthuizen's lengthy birdie on the short seventh put him in charge once more. There was finally a stalemate as the eighth was halved in par fours but the pair were at it again as Kisner won the ninth before Oosthuizen took the tenth to go 1up again.

Six of the best for Molinari

Francesco Molinari has not had much experience of being behind this week so it was not clear how he would respond when it finally happened. His quarter-final opponent Kevin Na found out to his great cost as the Open Champion bounced back from losing the first for the second match in a row with victories at each of the next six holes. That impressive run gave Molinari a lead he would not relinquish as the Italian went on to record a 6&5 win.

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