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Bohls: The PGA and Austin Country Club are becoming a perfect match

Bohls: The PGA and Austin Country Club are becoming a perfect match

The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament will return to Austin Country Club in 2018. And in 2019. And in all probability far beyond. It seems clear the PGA Tour wants a home here. Michael Dell wants it here. NBC certainly isn’t opposed to all those videolicious shots of Pennybacker Bridge and the multitude of sunbathers on the some three dozen boats and one canoe floating on the Colorado...
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson hangs on for Dell Match championship

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson hangs on for Dell Match championship

The body language was telling. Dustin Johnson usually didn’t give much away. Yet the world’s top-ranked golfer would raise a clinched fist after each birdie, acknowledging the large throng of people who followed him during Sunday’s finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. There were three such times to celebrate a birdie. The fourth came after a routine...
Haas downs Tanihara to take Dell Match Play consolation title

Haas downs Tanihara to take Dell Match Play consolation title

The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play models itself after the NCAA Tournament. One difference: There is a consolation title match. March Madness phased those out in 1981. After a Sunday morning semifinal loss, Bill Haas took a matter-of-fact approach to the third-place bout against Hideto Tanihara. “If you’re going to play the match, you want to come out on top,” said Haas, who was...
Sunday WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

Sunday WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

For an entire week, the television pictures from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament said a thousand words about Austin. All of them good. “One chamber (of commerce) moment after another,” said Lance Aldridge, executive director of the Austin Sports Foundation. “On TV, it looks amazing. The 360 bridge. The water, the hills, the lush landscape. The weather. You’ve...

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Complete tournament results

WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY RESULTS GROUP 1 Round 1 (Wednesday) (1) Dustin Johnson def. (58) Webb Simpson, 5&3 (41) Martin Kaymer def. (18) Jimmy Walker, 3&2 Round 2 (Thursday) (1) Dustin Johnson def. (41) Martin Kaymer, 3&2 (18) Jimmy Walker def. (58) Webb Simpson, 3&2 Round 3 (Friday) (1) Dustin Johnson def. (18) Jimmy Walker, 5 and 3 (41) Martin Kaymer def. (58) Webb Simpson, 3 and 2 GROUP...
Texas State’s men’s basketball season ends with quarterfinal loss

Texas State’s men’s basketball season ends with quarterfinal loss

Texas State’s men’s basketball season came to an end Saturday night with a 49-44 loss to Saint Peter’s in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. It was a turnaround season for the Bobcats, the first winning season since 2003 and a postseason bid for the first time since 1997 and the first postseason win as a Division I program. Texas State finished 22-14, the second...
SCCA Southwest Shootout saw some races go down to wire

SCCA Southwest Shootout saw some races go down to wire

The Hoosier Tour Southwest Shootout filled up Circuit of the Americas first 2017 racing weekend with three days of action among top regional amateurs. Jim Drago of Memphis, Tenn., provided one of the highlights, winning a tight duel with Texan Chris Haldeman of McKinney in a SCCA Lone Star group 1 event Saturday that included nearly 40 Spec Miata drivers. Drago built a steady lead, but Haldeman caught...
Photos: Day 5 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 26

Photos: Day 5 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 26

Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm battle for Dell Match title

Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm battle for Dell Match title

The favorites won the early semifinal matches today at Austin Country Club. So it’ll be world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, one of the hottest golfers on the planet, vying this afternoon for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play championship. Johnson was pushed mightily by Japan’s Hideto Tanihara. Johnson’s par on the 18th clinched the match over Tanihara, who had been down by...

Saturday’s hole of the day

NO. 13 (PAR 4, 386 YARDS): The shortest par 4 on the course also might be the prettiest, with a view of the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360. It also can be one of the trickiest. Cape Dye, named after designer Pete Dye, tempts players to take the shortest way home over the lake. But that can lead to a watery grave. Most played it safe this week, as the longest drive on the hole was generally in the...
Alex Noren carries the Big 12 banner the farthest in Dell Match Play

Alex Noren carries the Big 12 banner the farthest in Dell Match Play

The Texas Longhorns, Jordan Spieth and Jhonattan Vegas, were long gone. The Baylor Bear, Jimmy Walker, was tucked away. So an Oklahoma State alum was left to carry the Big 12 banner into Saturday’s round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. Alex Noren took the flag as far as the Elite Eight but couldn’t get to the Final Four, falling to world No. 1 Dustin Johnson 3...
Golden: Don’t let the ranking or seed fool you; Bill Haas is on a roll

Golden: Don’t let the ranking or seed fool you; Bill Haas is on a roll

Bill Haas was up against the Phil Mickelson mystique on Saturday. He was up against one of the hilliest courses on the tour and an army of Lefty fans at the Austin Country Club. “There was a lot of Phil cheers out there,” Haas said. “I was just kind of hiding in the middle of the fairway and hoping to do well.” And do well he did. The mental battles waged between the lines...
Bohls: Dustin Johnson is cool, calm and about to collect more majors

Bohls: Dustin Johnson is cool, calm and about to collect more majors

The way Dustin Johnson has played golf the past four days at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament, his performance suggests one very serious question. Can the Masters start tomorrow? For the record, Johnson hasn’t won his third consecutive tournament or his fifth WGC title — not yet, anyway — but he’s done nothing to dispel the notion at Austin Country Club that...
Dustin Johnson leads Dell Match semifinals, but look out for Jon Rahm

Dustin Johnson leads Dell Match semifinals, but look out for Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm definitely was proud of his round. The 22-year-old Spaniard was the first in the field Saturday to earn a spot in Sunday’s semifinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, overwhelming Soren Kjeldsen 7 and 5. And Rahm didn’t mind complimenting himself for his near perfection at Austin Country Club. “There aren’t many rounds where a player looks back and says, &lsquo...

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: What to watch for Sunday

What to watch for Sunday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: LUCKY 54: For the third year in a row, a 54th seed reached at least the quarterfinals. Hideto Tanihara pulled it off this week — now he gets a crack at the tournament’s top seed and No. 1-ranked player in the world, Dustin Johnson. Last year, 54th-seeded Chris Kirk made it to the round of eight before being eliminated by...
Saturday’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

Saturday’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

Hideto Tanihara’s unexpected roll in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament continued Saturday, moving the 54th seed all the way into the Final Four. Tanihara, who started his week by beating Jordan Spieth on Wednesday, handled Paul Casey 2 and 1 in the round of 16 and then Ross Fisher 4 and 2 in the quarterfinals. He gets world No. 1 Dustin Johnson in a Sunday semifinal. “My...

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play results, schedule

WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY RESULTS KNOCKOUT ROUND (42) Bill Haas def. (46) Kevin Na 1-up (14) Phil Mikelson def. (28) Marc Leishman 4 and 3 (21) Jon Rahm def. (61) Charles Howell III 6 and 4 (62) Soren Kjeldsen def. (48) William McGirt 5 and 4 (54) Hideto Tanihara def. (12) Paul Casey 2 and 1 (47) Ross Fisher def. (13) Bubba Watson 4 and 3 (8) Alex Noren def. (20) Brooks Koepka 3 and 1 (1) Dustin...
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson headlines semifinals for Dell Match Play

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson headlines semifinals for Dell Match Play

Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked golfer in the world, earned the final spot for Sunday’s semifinals for WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Johnson beat Alex Noren, who was seeded eighth in the tournament, 3 and 2. The other three players in the semis, set for Sunday morning at Austin Country Club, weren’t among the top seeds when players were ranked earlier this week. Jon Rahm, seeded No...
Baylor rolls past Louisville 97-63 to reach Elite Eight

Baylor rolls past Louisville 97-63 to reach Elite Eight

Baylor gave Louisville no shot at an upset this time. Nina Davis scored 21 points to help the top-seeded Lady Bears defeat Louisville 97-63 Friday night and advance to the Elite Eight. Baylor was a No. 1 seed in 2013 when it lost to Louisville in the Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City. This time, the Lady Bears never trailed, and the game was tied for just 13 seconds — when it was scoreless. Baylor led...
Photos: Day 4 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 25

Photos: Day 4 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 25

Catching fish and catching up with a long-ago buddy

Catching fish and catching up with a long-ago buddy

Thomas Wolfe made it clear. You can’t go home again. But as I recall the boredom I felt while reading Wolfe’s books in college, I’m sure he never said anything about not going back to college. That’s kind of what I did the other day, after I got a call from a dear friend from college, a fraternity brother and good hunting and fishing partner, Charlie Paradoski. Charlie was...
Turkey hunting is full of thrills and accomplishments

Turkey hunting is full of thrills and accomplishments

I’ve been trying to find something to use as a comparison experience for turkey hunting. It doesn’t work. You have the thrill and accomplishment of calling a mature bird into close shotgun range. That’s similar to calling bull elk in the mountains in the fall. Bugling elk bulls and fighting bighorn sheep come to mind. And there’s the spine-tingling sound of a gobbler or gobblers...
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: What to watch for Saturday

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: What to watch for Saturday

What to watch for Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Fans for Phil? As the knockout round begins without beloved Longhorn Jordan Spieth, whom will the gallery adopt as its favorite son? Best bet: Phil Mickelson, who has yet to win a WGC-Match Play title. So far this week, Lefty’s done everything right. He won his three preliminary-round matches going away and led after 41 of the...
Key shot on second playoff hole costs Oosthuizen at Dell Match Play

Key shot on second playoff hole costs Oosthuizen at Dell Match Play

Louis Oosthuizen stood in the middle of the fairway Friday, judging the distance to the hole and trying to decide which club to use. Ross Fisher had just hit his second shot very close to the pin, and Oosthuizen needed a similar result. This was a sudden-death playoff, after all, and Oosthuizen, last year’s runner-up at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, was at risk of not playing on the...

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Friday’s hole of the day

NO. 6 (PAR 5, 577 YARDS): For pros who bang the ball a mile and usually keep it in the fairway, Cat Mountain is a tantalizing treat. The pressure in match play comes with knowing you’d better birdie this hole because if you don’t, your opponent probably will. Cat Mountain has played as the easiest hole all week, but it did help tip the scales on day three as seven players who won recorded...
Friday’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

Friday’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

If you had scanned the 64-golfer bracket for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, William McGirt was not an entrant who stood out as a super sleeper. After three preliminary-round matches, though, the 37-year-old from Lumberton, N.C., has said good night to his four-man group, posting an unexpected sweep. McGirt, the 48th seed in this tournament, brushed aside No. 15 Branden Grace and No. 19...
Bohls: Spaniard Rahm growing into latest PGA Tour wunderkind

Bohls: Spaniard Rahm growing into latest PGA Tour wunderkind

Jon Rahm came from humble origins. Very humble. He arrived in this country five years ago from Barrika, Spain, a small coastal village so modest that his manager says Rahm still contends “there’s more cows there than people.” Suffice it to say that Rahm will put it on the map. His meteoric rise in the golf world to a No. 25 world ranking and a spot in the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell...
WGC-Dell Match Technologies Match Play: Saturday’s pairings, tee times

WGC-Dell Match Technologies Match Play: Saturday’s pairings, tee times

SATURDAY’S KNOCKOUT-ROUND MATCHES Round of 16 matchups, tee times (42) Bill Haas vs. (46) Kevin Na, 7:30 a.m. (14) Phil Mickelson vs. (28) Marc Leishman, 7:41 a.m. (21) Jon Rahm vs. (61) Charles Howell III, 7:52 a.m. (48) William McGirt vs. (62) Soren Kjeldsen, 8:03 a.m. (12) Paul Casey vs. (54) Hideto Tanihara, 8:14 a.m. (13) Bubba Watson vs. (47) Ross Fisher, 8:25 a.m. (8) Alex Noren vs. (20)...

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play standings and results

WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY STANDINGS, RESULTS Key: ^advanced to knockout round; #won sudden-death playoff to advance GROUP 1 Golfer;Wins;Losses;Ties ^Dustin Johnson;3;0;0 Martin Kaymer;2;1;0 Jimmy Walker;1;2;0 Webb Simpson;0;3;0 Friday’s matches (1) Dustin Johnson def. (18) Jimmy Walker, 5 and 3 (41) Martin Kaymer def. (58) Webb Simpson, 3 and 2 GROUP 2 Golfer;Wins;Losses;Ties ^Soren Kjeldsen...
Photos: Day 3 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 24

Photos: Day 3 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 24

Jordan Spieth fails to make Dell Match round of 16

Jordan Spieth fails to make Dell Match round of 16

Jordan Spieth failed to make the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. The former Texas Longhorn star halved his match with Ryan Moore. Japan’s Hideto Tanihara, playing a hole behind Spieth, won the group thanks to his victory over Yuta Ikeda. Tanihara beat the fifth-seeded Spieth Wednesday to open play at Austin Country Club. Tanihara clinched a spot in Saturday&rsquo...
Dustin Johnson lives up to No. 1 ranking in rolling into round of 16

Dustin Johnson lives up to No. 1 ranking in rolling into round of 16

Dustin Johnson has performed up to the expectations that come with being the top-ranked golfer in the world. On Friday, he effectively dealt with rain and thick humidity and easily earned a spot in Saturday’s round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. The day before, he conquered gale-force winds. And he opened play Wednesday with a relaxing, five-hole-advantage...
Photos: Day 2 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 23

Photos: Day 2 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 23

Jordan Spieth managed to steady his game Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

WGC-Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Friday

What to watch for Friday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: RYDER CUP SHOWDOWNS: Friday’s final round of group play features four matches that’ll pit 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup teammates against each other —Patrick Reed vs. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson vs. Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth vs. Ryan Moore and Phil Mickelson vs. J.B. Holmes. Reed and Koepka were match play standouts for...
Golden: Ryder Cup captain Furyk sailing along at Dell Match Play

Golden: Ryder Cup captain Furyk sailing along at Dell Match Play

Jim Furyk has become an expert at wearing more than one hat. PGA Tour vet, Ryder Cup captain, Pittsburgh Steelers fan, you name it. The Furyk that greeted a group of media outside the Austin Country Club clubhouse after his first Dell Match Play win of the week was pure player. That is, until I asked how difficult it was to be the Ryder Cup captain while still trying to maintain a high level of play...
Thursday’s WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

Thursday’s WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

A storm’s coming. On Friday. And it will likely impact the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. On Thursday, organizers move up Friday’s tee times by two hours across the board because of bad weather that’s expected in the morning. The first match — Danny Willett vs. Russell Knox, in Group 11 — was moved up from a 9:30 start to 7:30, and so on. The Austin Country Club gates...

WGC-Dell Match Play: Thursday’s hole of the day

Thursday’s hole of the day: No. 14 (Par 4, 441 yards) Loch McDonald, named for former Austin Mayor John McDonald, is a bear, even with friendly, light winds. Whip up gusts peaking at 40 mph on top of sustained winds of 25 mph out of the south and southeast, and coming away with a par becomes much tougher. The tee boxes were up, reducing the hole’s length from 480 yards and helping six...
Koepka surges to 2-0 mark with another one-sided victory

Koepka surges to 2-0 mark with another one-sided victory

Brooks Koepka chugged into Austin Country Club this week on a downward arc, looking to re-ignite his golf game. Now, the three-time All-American at Florida State looks as though he’s found something at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. After hammering Kevin Kisner 6 and 5 in his opening match Wednesday, Koepka lowered the boom on Jason Dufner on Thursday, winning by the same score...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats advance to quarterfinals of men’s tourney

Texas State notebook: Bobcats advance to quarterfinals of men’s tourney

Texas State’s men’s basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with a 64-55 win over Idaho on Wednesday night. The Bobcats (22-13) hosts Saint Peter’s (20-13) on Saturday. Three Bobcats scored in double figures, with freshman guard Nijal Pearson leading the way with 16. He was 5 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point range...
Bohls: Bubba Watson is quirky, cool, very good and, yes, good for golf

Bohls: Bubba Watson is quirky, cool, very good and, yes, good for golf

The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament was only two days old, but Bubba Watson’s already won. Not just his first two rounds, which he has in grand style. He positively smoked Scott Piercy on a wind-blown Thursday, crushing him 4 and 3 to put him ever closer to Saturday’s round of 16. In his 33 holes the last two days, he’s posted nine birdies with only one bogey, that coming...

WGC-Dell Match Play: Friday’s pairings, tee times

FRIDAY’S THIRD-ROUND TEE TIMES GROUP 11 (11) Danny Willett vs. (17) Russell Knox, 7:30 a.m. (42) Bill Haas vs. (64) K.T. Kim, 7:41 a.m. GROUP 6 (6) Justin Thomas vs. (27) Matthew Fitzpatrick, 7:52 a.m. (46) Kevin Na vs. (49) Chris Wood, 8:03 a.m. GROUP 14 (14) Phil Mickelson vs. (31) J.B. Holmes, 8:14 a.m. (35) Daniel Berger vs. (63) Si Woo Kim, 8:25 a.m. GROUP 3 (43) Lee Westwood vs. (56) Pat...
Big-name golfers continue to fall at Dell Match Play

Big-name golfers continue to fall at Dell Match Play

Soren Kjeldsen was victorious Thursday, meaning he’s knocked out Rory McIlroy from contention for a spot in the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. McIlroy is a crowd favorite who ranks No. 2 in the world. But he lost to Kjeldsen in the opening round Wednesday. The tournament continues Friday at Austin Country Club, but Kjeldsen’s lead will be too big to overcome...
Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

A Virginia high school baseball team in desperate need of equipment finally got the help they needed. John Marshall High School coach Brent Butler told local TV station WTVR that his team needed essential equipment, like gloves, cleats and bats.  He said he’s seen his team make big strides in recent weeks, but now they need equipment. The committed coach got so desperate he said that he...
Golden: For Jason Day, defending champion, it’s rightfully family first

Golden: For Jason Day, defending champion, it’s rightfully family first

Jason Day needs to be with his mother. Golf can and should come later. Thursday served as a graphic reminder that behind the million-dollar purses, the fancy cars and perfectly manicured golf courses they play, these larger-than-life superstars are real people with real issues just like the rest of us. Day has a sick mom and anyone can understand the need to be at her side. In an instant after the...
Bohls: Tanihara upsets Spieth, leading the early Japanese charge

Bohls: Tanihara upsets Spieth, leading the early Japanese charge

Entering this WGC-Dell Match Play golf tournament, Jordan Spieth admitted he didn’t know a thing about first-round opponent Hideto Tanihara. Or anything about Yuta Ikeda, his next opponent on Thursday. Except that both Japanese golfers have game, which the hometown favorite learned all too well in the first round Wednesday. That lesson came painfully to the two-time major champion; Spieth never...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Chris Bowser, 8-iron, 88-yard 3rd hole at Teravista; witnesses: Les Richards, Lyn Richards, Don Dowser Cody Chambliss, 8-iron, 122-yard 8th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Roland Nunez, Eric Watts, Jordan Rogers Tony Iacono, 7-iron, 145-yard 13th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Fred Garcia, Shea Caldwell, Lucas Gaona Rick Johnson, driver, 198-yard 8th hole at Lago Vista; witnesses: Chris Vincent, Don...
WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

There was precise golf but little drama Wednesday in the so-called Group of Death at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event at Austin Country Club. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson dusted off Webb Simpson 5 and 3, and Martin Kaymer handled Baylor alum Jimmy Walker 3 and 2. They make up the only group where all four competitors are major champions. “I got off to a good start, but we both played...
Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Thursday

Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Thursday

What to watch for Thursday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: IN EARLY HOLES: Two of the biggest names this week — Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy — find themselves in early peril after losing their first-round matches on Wednesday. Last year, only three of the 16 group winners had a loss but still won their groups to advance to the round of 16 — Dustin Johnson (2-1-0), Brooks...
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