Quote of the day – Jon Rahm
“I think it made it a little more special or emotional for both of us. Both really wanted to win bad, not just for us, but for golf in Spain in general. I think that made it a little more fun for us,” Rahm told Steve Sands of the Golf Channel on his match with countryman Sergio Garcia.
Biggest comeback – Matthew Fitzpatrick
The young Englishman was 2-down after 13 holes to Justin Thomas, but birdied the next four to win the match 2&1 over Thomas. Fitzpatrick would eventually lose to Kevin Na in a playoff.
Biggest disappointment – Tyrrell Hatton
Hatton needed to just halve his match Friday with Rafa Cabrera Bello to win the group; instead he lost 2&1 and faced a three-man playoff. Hatton was penalized two strokes for failing to return his ball to the original position, after he accidentally moved the ball. The double-bogey six ended his day and week.
Second fiddle – Zach Johnson
Nothing can challenge Bill Haas’ pitch-in for par to stay alive against K.T. Kim, but Zach Johnson hit this gorgeous tee shot onto the green. Johnson made birdie and won his match 1-up to advance to the weekend.
This week’s Carl Spackler – Hideto Tanihara
Bill Murray's character from "Caddyshack" may have been the original Cinderella story, but Tanihara is doing it for real this week at Austin Country Club. The 60th-ranked golfer in the world went 2-0-1 to win the group.
|Match 1||Jordan Spieth||4&2||Doubled No. 14 for only hole lost|
|Match 2||Ryan Moore||Halved||Was 1-up with two holes remaining|
|Match 3||Yuta Ikeda||3&1||Never trailed in the match|
Stat to date – Sum 41 for Phil Mickelson
Mickelson has led in 41 of the 42 holes he’s played this week, which is decent.
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