Tiger: Match Play loss will sting for a few days

Posted April 01, 2019

Lucas Bjerregaard delivered the performance so often seen from Woods on Saturday and then won the 18th hole when Tiger missed a four-foot putt for par, sending the Dane into the semi-finals of the WGC Match Play Championship in Texas.

Woods then moved out front with a six-footer at the 12th and got the crowd excited with an eagle from 82 yards. Woods didn't miss, and took his first hole of the match.

AUSTIN, Texas - A wild day that included scintillating and shabby golf, an early wake-up call and a late slap back to reality ended with Tiger Woods tersely answering questions in the Austin Country Club parking lot, a courtesy vehicle waiting and a trip home to Florida on his suddenly changed itinerary.

Elsewhere, Francesco Molinari enjoyed a far more serene round to a semifinal meeting with Kevin Kisner.

Both players traded birdies at the 17th, and Woods put himself in a tough situation at 18 after finding a bunker with his second shot.

Kuchar is back in the Championship match for the first time since winning this event in 2013, as he held off the upstart from Denmark.

A bogey was enough for Woods to win the par-3 11th for a 1-up lead.

Woods went into the bunker, but managed to play out and have a four-foot putt for par. "I didn't think it was ever going to come true", the Dane said after the victory that set up a semi-final with Matt Kuchar on Sunday. "I wanted to play tomorrow".

Woods finally met his match Saturday in the Dell Technologies Match Play, and it wasn't Rory McIlroy.

We were both playing well coming into this match, and the year that Rory has had, he doesn't do anything poorly.

But Cantlay would not win another hole, making a big mistake by driving into a penalty area at the downhill ninth. He built a 2-up lead with birdies at the fifth and sixth holes, then was gifted the 10th-hole when McIlroy missed a 3-footer. Woods drove into a half-buried lie in the bunker, could only advance it 60 yards and had 204 yards for his third shot before McIlroy hit a short iron for his second.

McIlroy looked set to regain that hole at the sixth when Woods found the fairway bunker but the American fired a fine five wood just short of the green before nearly holing out a superb up-and-down. He closed out McIlroy with a 12-foot par putt.

They were in the same spot below the hill on the 18th, just under 50 yards from the hole. McIlroy blasted out and then conceded - with Woods not even having to hit a putt. He did fall to Brandt Snedeker.

The pairing was the only matchup of players who had won their first two rounds.