Australian hopes dashed at Accenture
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship | Round Three | 26 Feb 2011
Geoff Ogilvy and Jason Day have bowed out of the Accenture Match Play Championship completing a generally disappointing week for the six Australian golfers who made it into the elite field.
Ogilvy went down in a one sided match against the long hitting Bubba Watson who was 5 under when he finished off Ogilvy at the 14th hole 6&4.
Day’s match was much closer in fact he fought back from a two hole deficit to be one up with two to play before J.B. Holmes birdied the 17th and then Day made a mistake at the last. From 204 yards and the middle of the fairway Day’s approach was long and into the back bunker. His task of getting up and down was all but impossible and so it would prove. When Holmes two putted for par, Day was gone.
The players advancing through to the Quarter Finals on Saturday morning are Ryan Moore, who plays Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar who is up against Y.E. Yang, Martin Kaymer who plays Miguel Angel Jimenez and Bubba Watson who plays J.B. Holmes in what promises to be a slugfest.
Kaymer is now only two wins away from snatching the world number one ranking from Westwood. If Kaymer can win tomorrow morning’s Quarter Final and the Semi Final later in the afternoon then he will move to the top of the world ranking irrespective of the result of the Final.
The Semi Finals are now to be played on Saturday to avoid weather issues developing in the Dove Mountain region.