Young Americans: Fowler, Watney Eliminate Lefty, Westwood

For Lee Westwood, the man Sky Sports endlessly reminds you is the world’s top ranked golfer, it came down to a needed two-putt on the sixteenth.  With Nick Watney making a crucial error and failing to lift a wedge shot out of a green side trap, the top-ranked yet Major-less Westwood needed only a two-putt from inside twenty feet to make things All Squared.  He shockingly failed and followed with an approach on 17 that landed where the deer and the antelope play.  Watney left Westwood in, himself greatly lacking killer instinct, with a shanked short one on 17 but held on to finish things off on the final hole.

Fowler was never tested by Lefty.  Not for a single moment.  And the kid with the shiny pants and backwards cap continued his march to the top of American golf.

More thoughts on Thursday’s action:

  • Australian Jason Day has been slowly emerging in the world game, while not yet competing at August or the US Open.  His thorough outplaying of Paul Casey today was a huge step as Casey was favored by most Golf Channel experts to win the tournament.
  • Geoff Ogilvy almost handed the match to Thomas Bjorn on seventeen but every round he advance, the more one thinks he’s destined to win his third Match Play.
  • Graeme McDowell and Ben Crane were dominant today, the latter humbling Rory McIlroy off the course.
  • Surprise of the day?  Stewart Cink could not deliver off his day one positive result and was out of his contest with Y.E. Yang by the fifth hole.

Tomorrow’s Sweet Sixteen:

Manassero v. Donald

Fowler v. Kuchar

McDowell v. Yang

Holmes v. Day

Watson v. Ogilvy

Jimenez v. Crane

Moore v. Watney

Mahan v. Kaymer

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