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Fleetwood, Garcia & Rahm exit WGC Matchplay in quarter-finals

Billy Horschel and Tommy Fleetwood
Fleetwood congratulates Horschel after their titanic WGC Matchplay quarter-final

France’s Victor Perez is the only European in the WGC Matchplay semi-finals after he beat Sergio Garcia 4&3 and Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm misplaced.

Fleetwood missed a 10-foot putt to win on the 18th towards Billy Horschel after which misplaced on the first additional gap after hitting his tee shot out of bounds.

Perez will play Horschel in the primary of Sunday’s semi-finals.

Scottie Scheffler, a 3&1 winner over Rahm, takes on Matt Kuchar after he beat fellow American Brian Harman 2&1.

Fleetwood was by no means behind towards Horschel till dropping the nineteenth gap. He was one forward after 9 after which received the eleventh with a par three.

But he misplaced the twelfth after hitting his second shot into the water and regarded set to additionally lose the driveable par-four thirteenth after once more discovering water. However, Horschel, who had performed secure with an iron into the green, took 4 pictures from 85 yards and the outlet was halved in bogey fives.

Fleetwood retained his slender benefit till the seventeenth, however Horschel holed an eight-foot birdie putt to win the outlet.

On the final, Fleetwood had a putt to win the outlet and match however his effort missed by a few inches.

And on the primary additional gap, the par-five twelfth, Fleetwood pulled his drive approach left and though he scrambled a six, Horschel rolled in a three-footer for par.

Before their quarter-final, Garcia mentioned of his good good friend Perez: “He has a high potential to be a Ryder Cup player this year.”

And the Frenchman confirmed why the Spaniard charges him so extremely with a strong spherical of golf.

Garcia received the opening gap with a par however Perez birdied the subsequent two to go one up and he was two forward by the ninth.

That lead was prolonged additional when Garcia hit his tee shot into the water when making an attempt to drive the inexperienced on the thirteenth and Perez accomplished the win with a birdie on the fifteenth.

Rahm, ranked third in the world, was the one participant in the highest 20 to achieve the final 16 however he was three down after 5 holes towards Scheffler.

The Spaniard birdied the seventh and ninth holes to scale back the deficit however Scheffler hit again to win the tenth and in addition claimed the twelfth after Rahm hit his second shot right into a lake.

Rahm then had a chip-in birdie on the 14th however Scheffler rolled in from eight ft to halve the outlet and preserve his three-hole lead. A birdie on the fifteenth gave Rahm hope however when he missed a birdie try on the seventeenth, he conceded the match.

In the fourth quarter-final, Kuchar received two of the primary 4 holes to be one up and was three forward after 13. Harman holed a 30-foot putt from the perimeter to take the 14th however he was unable to make additional inroads.

How the spherical of 16 unfolded

Fleetwood hit a hole-in-one throughout his 4&3 victory over South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli.

The Englishman aced the par-three fourth gap as he received 4 of the primary six holes to arrange the quarter-final towards Horschel, who defeated Kevin Streelman 3&1.

France’s Perez was three up after 9 holes towards Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre after which received the subsequent three to be six up with six to play.

MacIntyre drove the par-four thirteenth inexperienced as he clawed a gap again.

But the 14th was halved and his fellow Ryder Cup hopeful Perez superior 5&4 to face Garcia, who received 4 out of six holes from the ninth to expire a 2&1 winner over Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes.

Scheffler had seven birdies in 13 holes as he crushed England’s Ian Poulter 5&4.

Poulter, who had received all three of his group matches, was three down after 10 holes.

Scheffler then halved the eleventh with a chip-in birdie after Poulter had holed a 40-foot putt. He additionally matched Poulter’s birdie on the thirteenth earlier than successful the match on the subsequent.

Rahm made positive he would play the American by holing an eagle putt on the par-five sixteenth to defeat Erik van Rooyen 3&2.

Harman fought again from 4 down after 5 holes to win a sensational match towards fellow American Bubba Watson.

Harman birdied eight holes on the trot from the sixth, successful seven, to be three forward after 13 however Watson, who received this occasion in 2018, hit again to win the fifteenth and sixteenth holes with birdies to path by one.

However, Harman received the seventeenth with a par to triumph 2&1.

In the opposite all-American last-16 match, Kuchar holed a six-foot birdie putt on the 18th to edge previous Jordan Spieth in a decent match that he by no means led till that last shot.

The semi-finals, third-place play-off and last will all happen on Sunday.

Semi-final draw

B Horschel (US) v V Perez (Fra)

S Scheffler (US) v M Kuchar (US)

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