Like Garcia, Fleetwood’s hole-in-one on Saturday came at the Austin Country Club’s third par 3.
“I think it was back-to-back holes on that hole because Sergio was the last person to play it last night and then me this morning, so we’re on track for that one,” Fleetwood added. , who beat Dylan Frittelli in the round of 16.
Garcia’s moment of inspiration on the fourth hole of the playoffs came after sinking two long putts to stay in contention.
Earlier on Friday, Garcia had to take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever in his game against Matt Wallace, whom the Spaniard lost to stage the playoffs against Westwood after beating compatriot Tyrrell Hatton.
“It was a tough day. I had to take Advil on the sixth green because the arch of my left foot was cramping and I was having trouble passing the ball,” said Garcia, who will now face Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.
“Because of that, I didn’t hit the ball as well as the other days. I didn’t hit it badly, but I just didn’t hit it as well. I’m going to have to work on it. tomorrow, hopefully, will be a very long day, and I need my feet to be in perfect shape. “
This is the third year in a row that Garcia has reached the round of 16 at WGC Matchplay
Match play etiquette
Meanwhile, world No.1 Dustin Johnson left the tournament after losing to Kevin Na, who managed three of the last four holes to win after a controversy at par 3 11th over a match play etiquette violation. .
“I was just inside three feet for an uphill par; that’s a straight putt, and his lip and he was six inches and obviously that’s fine, but I hadn’t said anything, and he hit him, “Na told reporters.
“I froze there … and I wasn’t going to say it’s a penalty, you’re going to lose the hole. I was going to say, you know what, that was good anyway. I didn’t. didn’t want to be on that putt and think about it.
“So I called him up and said, Hey, I’m not going to take the hole from you, but I just want to let you know before I say something that you hit with the ball. But I’m going to give this to you. putt to you, then we’re going to call it a half and go to the next hole. That’s what we did. I think it’s the right thing to do. “
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