Lucas Bjerregaard fulfilled a childhood dream with his victory over his idol Tiger Woods at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Tournament in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Bjerregaard beat Henrik Stenson 3&2 in his match.
Lucas Bjerregaard delivered the clutch performance so often seen from Woods on Saturday and then won the 18th hole when Woods missed a 4-foot par putt, sending the Dane into the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Woods won a fourth straight hole with another 20-foot putt, and cheers from a half-mile away could be heard from fans inside corporate chalets watching on TV.
The three-time WGC-Match Play victor won the par-5 12th before holing out his second shot from 82 yards at the par-4 13th.
A missed putt from four feet on the 18th hole cost Tiger Woods a place in the semi-finals of the WGC matchplay championship at Austin, Texas.
"We had a great match and I really enjoyed playing with him today", Bjerregaard said in an interview with The European Tour media. He will make a quick trip to the famed Augusta National Golf Club this week before eventually returning home before the first major of the season. "And I said it's kind of one of those tough deals in the game of golf". Felt like I didn't give him any holes.
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McIlroy, who had finished in the top six in each of his six events this year including his win at the Players, will be credited with a tie for ninth in his final start before the Masters. "It was nice to get that lead, especially back-to-back holes, too", Woods said. "Just one of those weird spots".
Fresh off an fantastic left-handed shot on a ball that was under a bush during Thursday's action, Tiger continued the theatrics on Friday afternoon by sinking an 82-yard wedge shot on the par-4 13th for an eagle 2. McIlroy pounded a drive 395 yards off the tee at 16 while Woods found the lip of a fairway bunker.
Tiger Woods reads the 12th green during the first round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 3, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The 50th seed advanced to Sunday's semi-final against either Sergio Garcia or Matt Kuchar.
"Well, we read it inside left, left center, and the putt went left", Woods said. "I went back and hit it again and it did the same thing".
Rain and wind hit the golfers at the 13th and McIlroy's second consecutive birdie brought him to within one but the miscues at 16 ended his chances. Then, he made a 7-foot birdie putt to take the lead. "So I get a chance to play tomorrow morning and hopefully I can play well enough to continue advancing".
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