Marc Leishman congratulates Oosthuizen today. Image: Getty
Marc Leishman's run during the World Golf Championship match play event ended in the round of 16, but he was by no means the only high-ranking player to leave the tournament early.
Lucas Bjerregaard from Denmark has been the giant murderer at the Austrin Country Club in Texas, defeating Tiger Woods in a stunning quarterfinals.
Woods did something he rarely did: he missed in the 18th hole with a well just two meters to extend the game to another hole.
Bjerregaard will play Matt Kuchar tomorrow in a semi-final. Open champion Francesco Molinari meets American Kevin Kisner in the other semi-final, with Molinari, the world number 7, the only top-10 ranked player remaining in the field.
Those are the whims of matchplay.
Leishman went unbeaten in his party today but was immediately conquered 2 and 1 by Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa. Oosthuizen took the lead with a birdie on the seventh and the Australian couldn't catch him. They reached the par-three 17th hole where Leishman nailed a five-foot bird to give himself a chance, but the South African followed him to match the bird and secure the game.
The selection frame round of 16 matches was between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both former world champion number 1 and several major champions, who won Woods with a four-foot birdie on the 17th green.
But Woods could not maintain his momentum. Two to six holes of his quarterfinals against Bjerregaard, he was flooded by the Danish, who made a long eagle on the 16th and then also the 17th birdied. All the squares went up on the 18th, Woods found a greenside fall and finally scooped out with his par-saver putt, giving Bjerregaard the win, one-to-one.
"It's a shame it had to end that way because it was a really good match," said the Dane, who finished 50th in Texas. But of course I am happy to be on the winning side. "
Woods is of course famous for making putts when he needs them the most. But not on this occasion. "We read it inside left, left in the middle, and the putt went left," he said. "I went back and hit it again and it did the same thing, just one of those weird places. & # 39; & # 39;
Meanwhile, Australian Aaron Baddeley has a great chance of winning the Corales Puntacana Resort Championship of the American PGA Tour in Dominica, with just two shots from the lead through three rounds.