ANDhe american scottie schefflerwho can take the world number one from Rahm if he wins the tournament, will play this Sunday against his compatriot
ANDhe american scottie schefflerwho can take the world number one from Rahm if he wins the tournament, will play this Sunday against his compatriot Dustin Johnsonand another North American, kevin kisnerwill face the Canadian Corey Conners in the semifinals of WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play of golf, which is played in Austin (Texas, USA).
Scheffler, number 5 in the world, defeated the Irish Seamus Power by 3 holes ahead and with two to play (3 and 2), and Dustin Johnson defeated his compatriot Brooks Koepka down 2 up over 18 holes at the Austin Country Club. In the other quarter duels Kisner beat another American, Will Zalatoris, 4-3, and conners beat Mexican Abraham Ancer 2 up in 18.
To be world number one, Scheffler needs to win this tournament, since Rahm did not reach the quarterfinals (he was eliminated by Koepka in the round of 16) and the other contender for the throne, fellow American Collin Morikawa, did not make it past the round of 16 either.
The match between Scheffler and Power came evenly to the 10th hole, after Power won the 8th and 9th to neutralize the 2 up that Scheffler had after winning the 4th and 5th. The number 5 won the 12th, the 13th and 16 to seal the victory without the need to play the last two holes.
Earlier, in the round of 16, Scheffler, who reached the semifinals for the second time in a tournament he is playing for the second time, beat his compatriot Billy Horschel by one in a repeat of the final that he won last year; and Power got rid of the English Tyrrell Hatton by 4 and 3.
Dustin Johnson, winner of this tournament in 2017 (he beat Jon Rahm in the final), defeated Koepka by 2 up after coming back from him, who won the first two of the match. He managed to equalize the duel on the 11th hole and then won on the 15th and 18th to get into the semifinals.
The other semi-final will pit 2019 champion Kisner against Corey Conners. The former easily beat Zalatoris by 4 and 3 after winning six holes and conceding only two.
Ancer, who overwhelmed Morikawa in the round of 16 with a resounding 7 and 6, was unable to beat Conners, who beat him 2 up after playing all 18 holes of an even match. Conners was up 2 by winning the 5th and 6th holes, but Ancer rebalanced the duel by winning holes 8 and 11. The Canadian regained the advantage of two with birdies at 14 and 16, the Mexican got closer to one in on the 17th, but a new birdie on the 18th gave the victory to the player from Lostowel (Ontario), 41 in the world.