Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood reaches last 16 of Golfs WGC Match Play in San Francisco


 by David Birtill

TOMMY Fleetwood will face South African Branden Grace in today’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco as five British players reached the last 16.


The Lancastrian defeated Bernd Wiesberger on the 19th and advanced courtesy of his better head-to-head record with Macclesfield’s Jamie Donaldson, who had beaten Sergio Garcia.

Rory McIlroy produced some late heroics and Lee Westwood claimed the notable scalp of Masters Tournament champion Jordan Spieth.

And after Westwood recovered from losing the first two holes to beat Spieth on the 18th, McIlroy came from two down after 16 to beat Horschel on the 20th hole.

South Africa’s Manchester-based Louis Oosthuizen defeated Bubba Watson on the 19th to set up a clash with Rickie Fowler, but Justin Rose bowed out despite beating Ryan Palmer to claim his second consecutive victory, first-day conqueror Marc Leishman rendering the former US Open champion’s result meaningless by eclipsing India’s Anirban Lahiri on the 18th to advance with a perfect 3-0 record.

Leishman will face Gary Woodland next after the altter defeated Webb Simpson on the 18th. Former champion Hunter Mahan also advanced to the knockout stages with his third win, the American defeating compatriot Matt Kuchar 5 and 4 in Group 14.

Elsewhere, Paul Casey had recovered from four down with nine to play to beat Francesco Molinari and set up a meeting with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, with Jim Furyk winning Group 5 after beating Martin Kaymer on the 20th hole.


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