Jon Rahm smashes 426-yard drive at WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

Posted March 27, 2017

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson stayed on track to become the first player to win all four World Golf Championships events, when he advanced to the semi-finals at the WGC-Dell Matchplay in Texas on Saturday.

Johnson will face surprise package Hideto Tanihara after he ended the impressive run of Ross Fisher, whose consolation was guaranteeing himself a place in the field at The Masters having beaten two-time Augusta champion Bubba Watson on Saturday morning. But he's the best player in the world right now and has looked unstoppable over the last four days.

As well as Johnson has played at Austin Country Club, the most dominant player has been Jon Rahm.

"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.

Johnson won the first three holes against Noren and was still ahead by the same margin at the turn, only to bogey the 10th and 11th and lose the next to a birdie.

Earlier, Australian Marc Leishman was sent packing from the WGC-Match Play after going down to a red-hot Phil Mickelson 4 and 3 in their final 16 clash.

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"I missed one shot, the second shot on nine, and every other single shot was pretty much exactly the way I saw it".

Tanihara began the week by beating Jordan Spieth. He was 2-down through 15 and had a chance to cut the margin on 16, but missed an eagle putt that would have won the hole.

Mickelson had three birdies on his round while Leishman, the victor last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, conceded three holes after poor shots left him out of position. "And knowing me, I might have also thought, 'I hope it's better than that". That's the most eligible players to skip Match Play since 2001, when it began January 3 in Australia and 38 players chose not to play.

"Towards the end, especially, I really made a couple of clutch putts".

Kevin Na needed only one hole in his play-off against Matthew Fitzpatrick to win Group Six. It took him just four tournaments to earn his PGA tour card, and 12 events to earn his first victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

The veteran will be more concerned that his defeat by Rahm could signal a changing of the guard in Spanish golf rather than spend too much time reflecting on his woeful mistake. "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".