World No. 1 Dustin Johnson stayed on track to become the first player to win all four World Golf Championships events, when he advanced to the semi-finals at the WGC-Dell Matchplay in Texas on Saturday.
Rising Spanish star Jon Rahm is bracing for a mouth-watering potential showdown with world No.1 Dustin Johnson in the final of the World Golf Championships-Match Play in Texas.
Johnson was forced beyond the 16th hole for the first time all week in an error-filled finish against Hideto Tanihara of Japan, and the world's No. 1 played didn't escape until he holed an 8-foot par putt on the 18th to preserve a 1-up victory.
The American had led 3-up after seven holes but Tanihara made four birdies in the next seven holes to level the match.
Phil Mickelson entered the quarter-finals on fire, but was inconsistent on Saturday in his match against Bill Haas.
"The golf I've played the last three matches really has been very impressive even to myself, and it seemed to get better as I played, which is something that doesn't happen often", Rahm said.
Mickelson dominated from the outset, opening with back-to-back birdies before going 3-up after three holes.
"I haven't played 13 holes the way I did today, maybe ever", Rahm told NBC Sports.
"There's not many rounds of golf where a player looks back and says I can not play any better and today was one of those". He fired a sparkling 4-under thru 14 holes in his dismantling of McGirt in the round of 16.
Mickelson was in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004, when he lost to Davis Love III at La Costa. "I think I was 7-under for the two rounds I played here".
"I've been making that putt all week", said the 47-year-old lefthander. Rahm used his power to make birdie on the fifth and sixth to take the lead, only for Haas to answer with a birdie on the seventh to square the match. "I gave him a hole there (by hitting into a water hazard on the 11th) and on 10 missed a short putt, but other than that I played really solid, drove it well, hit some good iron shots and rolled some nice putts in".
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Chris Stroud birdied his final hole to cap off a 5-under 67 and take a one-shot lead in the Puerto Rico Open as he goes for his first PGA Tour victory. By beating Bubba Watson in the fourth round, Fisher will move into the top 50 in the world and qualify for the Masters.
We've all been there, lining up the flawless tee shot, practice swing looking good, visualising the ball landing in the middle of the fairway...only to see the ball veer off into the water or the bushes or roll two feet away from the tee.