First the pack was filled with 64 golfers, and then today 32 golfers entered onto the Golf Course at Dove Mountain, only to leave 16 golfers to come back on Friday to compete at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
In losing the next half of the playing field today, the last number one seed, Rory McIlory was bumped out by Harris English who defeated McIlroy 1 up after going one extra hole.
Surprisingly, Rickie Fowler, a 14-seed, stood his ground against Jimmy Walker, a six-seed, by going a full 18 holes. Fowler finished 1 up.
Crowd favorites Bubba Watson, Jason Day, University of Arizona alumni Jim Furyk, and former champions Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar advance to play tomorrow.
Friday’s match ups and tee times are as follows:
10:55 a.m. USA Harris English vs. USA Jim Furyk
11:07 a.m. ESP Sergio Garcia vs. USA Rickie Fowler
11:19 a.m. USA Hunter Mahan vs. NIR Graeme McDowell
11:31 a.m. FRA Victor Dubuisson vs. USA Bubba Watson
11:43 a.m. RSA Louis Oosthuizen vs. USA Webb Simpson
11:55 a.m. AUS Jason Day vs. RSA George Coetzee
12:07 p.m. RSA Ernie Els vs. USA Jason Dufner
12:19 p.m. USA Matt Kuchar vs. USA Jordan Spieth