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Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson roll into Match Play quarters

Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson roll into Match Play quarters

The championship match isn't until Sunday afternoon, though some prizes could be handed out at the quarterfinals to Ross Fisher and Hideto Tanihara.

Rahm beat American Bill Haas 3&2 in their semi-final and will become the youngest ever victor of a WGC event if he can overcome Johnson in the 18-hole final.

After winning both the Genesis Open and the WGC Mexico Championship, Johnson has taken time off in recent weeks in a bid to help him peak ahead of the Masters. After Woodland withdrew, McIlroy sat out Thursday's matches and watched the rest of the field battle winds that saw gusts top 30 miles per hour. "It's fun and it's exciting to watch", Johnson said. "Anything can happen. I'm playing good golf right now".

"Against Phil, I really felt like I needed to capitalise when I had the chances, and I was able to do that", Haas said.

Johnson next faced Alex Noren, who at No. 8 was the only other top-10 seed remaining at Austin Country Club. Fisher has the reasonable consolation of a move inside the world top 50 and a Masters invite that will arrive as a effect. Maybe top eight would get me in.

Jon Rahm ran countryman Sergio Garcia out of the Dell Technologies Match Play with a 6-and-4 victory Friday in a pairing that put the young bull of Spanish golf against its elder statesman.

"He hits the ball a long way", Haas said. "He's got that thing about him that's going to make him a big-time victor out here, and hopefully I can hang with him". "He's certainly going to be very hard". "I'd rather go up to Augusta, play a couple of quiet practice rounds, and then prepare at home and great ready to play".

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The American had led 3-up after seven holes but Tanihara made four birdies in the next seven holes to level the match.

"The golf I've played the last three matches really has been very impressive even to myself, and it seemed to get better as I played, which is something that doesn't happen often", Rahm said. "Came back strong after losing three holes in a row".

Three-time Masters victor Mickelson had not trailed this week until Haas opened their match with a birdie. Haas then birdied the par-4 15th - his seventh birdie of the round - before closing out Mickelson with a par on No. 17.

"Emiliano and I were just like, 'What do we do?' Walking up 18, we could have just called it a half and not even bothered", McIlroy said.

During an interview with ESPN, 22-year-old Rahm said: "Once I made that birdie [on No. 3], I got a lot of confidence on my swing and played really, really good golf from then on, Honestly, nearly flawless".

Until getting steamrolled by Rahm, the 62nd-ranked Kjeldsen had been one of the biggest surprises this week.

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