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Garcia and Morikawa share spoils in Austin

Garcia and Morikawa share spoils in Austin

Sergio Garcia and Collin Morikawa could not be separated after a thrilling contest on day two of the 2022 WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play.

Collin Morikawa and Sergio Garcia

The Major Championship-winning duo had both won in Group Two on day one at Austin Country Club and both still have a chance of advancing after a Garcia fightback saw their match end All Square.

Morikawa was quickly in the box seat as he birdied the first and fifth, with a Garcia bogey on the ninth putting the reigning European Number One 3 Up at the turn.

Garcia claimed a hole back at the 12th but Morikawa birdied the 13th and led by three with five to play before Garcia produced a stunning comeback.

He put an approach to eight feet at the 14th, holed a 30-footer on the next and then made a two-putt birdie from just off the green at the par-five 16th before the final two holes were halved.

"If you would offer me a half on the 14th tee I would have definitely taken it and walked, run to the clubhouse," said Garcia.

"It was a hard-played match and I'm not going to lie, I'm happy with the tie, but a win would have been better.

"I definitely feel like I'm not getting the results when I'm hitting the ball well that maybe I should have. But you've just got to keep going at it, keep trying and hope that things kind of start happening a little bit like it did on the last five or six holes and we'll see."

Robert MacIntyre is heading home after a 3 & 2 defeat to Jason Kokrak, who could still advance.

Lucas Herbert needs just a half to progress out of Group Seven after a 1 Up win against Xander Schauffele.

Lucas Herbert

Herbert was a comfortable winner over Tony Finau on day one and will go through to the knockout stages should he avoid defeat against Takumi Kanaya.

Herbert birdied the first to go 1 Up but surrendered the fourth after a double-bogey before reclaiming the lead with a par on the eighth.

A run of birdie-par-birdie after the turn put Schauffele 2 Up but Herbert birdied the 13th and 15th to get to All Square before putting his approach to the last to eight feet for victory.

"Same mentality, go out and beat the player in front of me," Herbert said of his upcoming third match. "Takumi is obviously a great player from Japan, he's not going to be an easy walkover, I can tell you that, he's a really solid player.

"So I've got to be on my game tomorrow, make sure I'm bringing my best stuff and if I do that it should give me a good chance to get through to that next stage."

Abraham Ancer

Kanaya was 2 Down to Finau with four to play but chipped in on the 14th, birdied the par-five next and then holed a 36-footer from the fringe on the 17th to win 1 Up and eliminate his opponent.

In Group 10, Alex Noren and Corey Connors will face a winner-take-all clash as both men claimed wins in very different fashion on day two.

Conners was All Square with Louis Oosthuizen on the 16th tee but the South African bogeyed the par five and a Conners birdie on the 17th handed the Canadian a 2 & 1 win.

Noren won his match without hitting a shot as Paul Casey was forced to withdraw due to back spasms for the second day in a row.

Abraham Ancer knows a victory against Webb Simpson will see him progress after his match with Brian Harman finished All Square.

A par handed Ancer the lead on the first and he was ahead on 14 of 17 holes but just a second bogey of the day on the last handed Harman a half, although the American was still eliminated.

Bubba Watson won the 17th and 18th to beat Simpson 1 Up and both men could still go through.

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