AUSTIN, Texas – Needing to win the last hole to advance, Bob MacIntyre drove the ball down three feet from the 18th hole.
Moments later, Sergio García concluded his duel with a hole in one, one of eight that required a tiebreaker to be defined.
Already considered one of the most exciting tournaments in golf, Dell Technologies Match Play reached new heights on Friday.
Kevin Na made a complaint to Dustin Johnson for not waiting before retiring his ball without getting his go-ahead. In the last two holes, Na managed birdies to eliminate the best golfer in the world ranking.
Patrick Cantlay, virtually flawless with 14 birdies and an eagle over two days, managed just two birdies and lost a tiebreaker.
When the day concluded, Jon Ram, the third seed, was the only one of the top 20 seeders to advance to the knockout phase, which will be played this weekend at the Austin Country Club.
“You never know what can happen there,” Billy Horschel said, after beating Max Homa on the third hole of playoff.
And the reality is that everything happened on Friday.
Spaniard Garcia beat Lee Westwood in the longest of eight tiebreaks, hitting a 161-yard shot from the nine iron to the 4th hole. The ball fell slightly ahead of the hole before returning to it.
“Well, I’ve been on tour for 28 years and I thought I had seen it all. I was wrong, ”Westwood posted on Twitter.
Just as amazing was the drive by MacIntyre, the 24-year-old Scotsman, who never tires of fighting.
“It’s probably one of the best and luckiest shots I’ve ever made,” MacIntyre said. “You have to keep fighting until the end. This shows that anything can happen in this sport ”.