WGC Dell Match Play: Justin Thomas' win puts 3 Americans in semis for first time since 2008

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It was a banner day for Americans on the WGC Dell Applied sciences Match Play occasion in Austin, Texas, Saturday as Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson locked up spots in the semifinals. That is the first time since 2008 three Americans have held down spots in the semis.

The final thee to do it have been Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink and Justin Leonard.

Thomas was not at his greatest Saturday, however he was ok to luck up a 2&1 victory over fellow American Kyle Stanley which provides the No. 2 participant in the world a shot at his eighth win in the final yr.

“I performed properly today, however simply did not get off to the identical begins that I’ve been,” Thomas informed Golf Channel after his spherical. “I missed a pair brief putts, however undoubtedly made my justifiable share as properly, I made a whole lot of key par savers, birdie savers and it simply was capable of get me somewhat bit coasting on the again 9.”

Thomas began off down one to Stanley, however a key strategy shot on the eighth gap helped him flip his day round.

Elsewhere on the course Kisner had a dominating win over Ian Poulter as he took down the Englishman eight&6. The loss for Poulter will now pressure him to win the Houston Open subsequent week if he hopes to earn a bid to the Masters in April.

Watson had a dominating win over Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 5&3, whereas Alexander Noren took down Kiwi Cameron Smith 2&1 in a extremely contested match.

Noren and Thomas have been the one gamers this week to go undefeated into the semifinals at 5-zero-zero.

Thomas and Watson will now face off in the semis whereas Noren will tackle Kisner.