Thursday, April 30, 2015

Warren wins but Gallacher loses 7 and 6 on Day 1 of  WGC - Cadillac Match Play   

with a few additional words by Colin Farquharson 
World Number One Rory McIlroy led the European Tour charge at the WGC – Cadillac Match Play with a 5 and 4 victory over Jason Dufner on day one at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
It was a mixed day for Scots Marc Warren and Stephen Gallacher.
Warren won but Gallacher went down to one of the heaviest defeats of the round - he lost by 7 and 6 to Hunter Mahan
McIlroy didn’t need to bring his best golf to the first of his three round one matches in the newly formatted event, with a single birdie and 13 pars good enough to secure a stress-free victory over Dufner.
Englishman Lee Westwood was another high profile European victor with a one up win over Matt Every, while Francesco Molinari pulled off a brilliant 5 and 4 win over World Number Nine Adam Scott.
Sergio Garcia and Jamie Donaldson emerged one-holr winners in their respective European battles with Tommy Fleetwood and Bernd Weisberger, while Louis Oosthuizen was in great form to take down Keegan Bradley 6 and 5.
There was disappointment for English Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter and Justin Rose who both lost 3 and 2 to Webb Simpson and Marc Leishman, but Danny Willet and Marc Warren produced strong debut performances by defeating Ryan Moore and JB Holmes.
India’s Anirban Lahiri, who six months ago was playing at The European Tour Qualifying School, continued his meteoric rise with a 4 and 2 win over American Ryan Palmer.
Player Quotes
Rory McIlroy: “It's good to win that first match. Luckily I've done that and the mindset going into tomorrow is I have to win, you have to win every match.  There’s no point in thinking you can't win matches and progress here. 
"I need to hole a few more putts. Jason didn't have his best stuff, obviously, so I just tried to put him under pressure from the start, tried to hit fairways, hit greens, and try and make him force a little bit. In match play, you just need to beat the person that's in front of you and I did that today.”
Lee Westwood:” I played quite nicely but it was a real struggle out there. I scrambled well.  We both did.  It was the biggest credit to golf ever our match to be honest.  
"We didn't see a lot of each other on the front nine as we were criss-crossing the fairways, but I did birdie three out of the last four holes to win and that’s the reason I managed to sneak it in the end. It's probably a game that Matt thinks he should have won and I feel very fortunate to win.”

Anirban Lahiri: “I think I do pretty well in match play.  I was just talking to my caddie about it and there's no letting up.  You have to kind of be in the zone right through.  And you can't have a plateau in your focus, you've got to be really intense.  And I think I like playing golf that way so hopefully I can keep that up.”




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