Australian star Jason Day made a tearful withdrawal on Wednesday from the World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play to be with his cancer-stricken mother, while Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth lost their openers.
Charles Howell III won a three-man playoff on the fifth extra hole over Rafa Cabrera Bello. And because Kjeldsen was to play Woodland in the final day of round-robin play, the Dane is assured of going 3-0 and advancing out of the group.
McIlroy plays what amounts to a practice round on Friday.
McIlroy claimed a walkover win against Gary Woodland after the American withdrew from the tournament for a "personal family matter", leaving Kjeldsen - due to face Woodland on Friday - guaranteed top spot in Group Three.
It was pure chaos Thursday at Austin Country Club, where 30 miles per hour gusts raged through the edge of Hill Country and made conditions so brittle and blustery holes were won with bogeys.
"The five-time Major victor has already been joined in the last 16 by two Europeans - Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Alex Noren of Sweden".
Two years ago at Harding Park, seven matches went extra holes and cut in front of matches that were ready to start.
Bay Hill victor Marc Leishman also had a chance to clinch his group if he had beaten Pat Perez, because Leishman was to face Day in the third round.
Tanihara, making his debut in the event, sank a 15-foot birdie putt to go 1-up after seven holes, then won the 10th by sinking his approach and took three of the next six holes to seal the victory over Spieth, who could not manage a birdie past the first hole.
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He was 3 down after six holes to Pat Perez. He easily defeated Thongchai Jaidee in the first round and Bernd Wiesberger in the second round.
Day has not won since The Players Championship previous year.
Hatton says he didn't know the rule: "I really wasn't thinking at that stage".
World No. 3 Jason Day of Australia, the defending champion, withdrew on Wednesday to be at his mother's bedside during her cancer surgery on Friday.
Through the first two rounds, 14 of the 64 players have won both their matches. Tournament officials felt it was unfair for players to warm up for a match and then have to wait some 30 minutes to tee off.
J.B. Holmes didn't make a birdie until the 12th hole, and all that did was extend the match. Quarterfinals will be played Saturday afternoon.
Lefty now advances to the knockout stage this weekend at Austin Country Club. Johnson hit his drive 380 yards (86 yards farther than Kaymer) and was left with a 60-yard chip shot. If Leishman wins, he advances out of the group. McIlroy will still play Grillo to complete the group in a dead-rubber match but one competitive contest over the course of the weekend will have done little to help his preparations for the Masters in two weeks'...
But when it comes to Match Play, he wasn't alone in his misery.