Thursday, March 24, 2016

Westwood scrambles to victory over Leishman 

in Dell Match-play

Lee Westwood survived a late scare to overcome Marc Leishman and win his second group stage match at the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club today.
The 59th seed had lost his opening encounter to Ryder Cup team-mate and great friend Sergio Garcia but was looking comfortable at two up with two to play against the Nedbank Golf Challenge winner.
But the Englishman  was forced to concede the 17th after a wayward tee-shot and went up the 18th for the second day in a row, where a par was enough to hand him a one-hole victory.
That saw Leishman, with two defeats, become the first man eliminated from this year's tournament with Garcia, Ryan Moore and Westwood all in with a chance of progressing from Group 13 on Friday.
Westwood conceded the first but a par on the sixth got him back to all square before Leishman won the ninth and tenth. The Englishman then won three in a row and went two up on the 15th before the dramatic finish.
The 42 year old is a veteran of match play, having played nine Ryder Cups, and would dearly love to feature again at Hazeltine in September.
"I haven't played a lot over the last six weeks, I've played four or five rounds so my form yesterday was a bit rusty, today I played properly," he said.
"I'd like to play my tenth one and if I don't, I'd like to be involved in some way, shape or form in another victorious European side."
Garcia and Moore traded the first two holes in their match before birdies on the third and sixth put Moore ahead, with Garcia hitting straight back to make it all square at the turn.
The American then birdied the 11th to go one up with seven to play but Garcia hit back on the 13th and must have thought he was in the driving seat when he put his tee shot on the 17th to five feet and Moore went through the green.
The 45th seed proceeded to chip in and, while Garcia made his putt, Moore played a brilliant approach to the last for a birdie to claim the win by one hole.
In Group 4, Bubba Watson beat Emiliano Grillo by two holes and J.B. Holmes and Patton Kizzire halved their contest, meaning all four players could still progress.





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