Rickie Fowler WGC Match Play Quarter Final
Posted at February 22, 2014
The tie of the third round at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship saw Puma star Rickie Fowler overcome Adidas staffer Sergio Garcia 1up!
It was the head-to-head that we pinpointed as being the pick of the ties in the last 16 of the Accenture Match Play championship, and we were not far wrong! Billed as Rickie vs Sergio, Puma vs Adidas, Dassler brother vs Dassler brother; the tie was eventually won by the colourful Rickie Fowler - but it was the distinct lack of rivalry which grabbed the headlines. The controversy came at the 7th hole with Sergio Garcia two holes to the good, where he then conceded a 18 foot putt which Rickie had to tie the hole (should Sergio have holed his straight forward 7 footer). Now, golf is a gentleman's game and Rickie's putting has been red-hot all week, but surely this was being far too lenient in such a high-stakes Match Play tournament?
Was it good sportsmanship? Was it arrogance from Sergio after his early dominance? We can all debate, but in Sergio's words, "I felt like my drop on 6 took too much time. If I would have been in his position, I wouldn't have enjoyed waiting so long to hit my birdie putt after the great shot that he hit. I thought that was the only thing I could do on seven to make myself feel better and not feel guilty about anything." The result of this halved hole may well have swung the tie and the fact of the matter is, Rickie is the one who now progresses to meet Jim Furyk following some exceptional golf out in Arizona.
If you have been following Rickie Fowler so far this season you will know that his form has been rather frustrating of late, both to watch and no doubt for Rickie himself. A moment of brilliance can often be followed by a disastrous double/triple bogey - but this is where Match Play changes his fortunes. Next up is Jim Furyk for Rickie Fowler, who has been wearing the latest Puma Golf shirts in lime and pink this week, and we reckon Rickie has it in him to go all the way and win the WGC Accenture Match Play 2014!
The last 8 of the WGC Match Play Championship 2014 is as follows:
Louis Oosthuizen vs Jason Day | Ernie Els vs Jordan Spieth
Jim Furyk vs Rickie Fowler | Graeme McDowell vs Victor Dubuisson