Day, Rory win QF matches, Spieth losses at WGC-Dell Match Play

Quarterfinals Update – World Golf Championships –Dell Match Play – Austin Country Club – Austin, Texas –

With Round of 16 matches in the books at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match 2014-07-12 16.27.34Play after morning competition, remaining players are gearing up for the Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Austin Country Club in Texas.

World No. 1 Jordan Spieth was sent packing losing to South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen in the morning’s finale. Oosthuizen dispatched Spieth 4&2 to advance to the Quarterfinals against Dustin Johnson, who beat Patrick Reed 3&2.

The last two WGC-Match Play champions – Rory McIlroy and Jason Day – advanced with morning session victories. Rory edged Zach Johnson 1UP, while Day knocked out Brandt Snedeker 3&2. The two appear to be on a collision course in the Semi-Finals if both can advance this afternoon.

Day takes on Brooks Koepka, who has victories on the European Tour and PGA Tour in the last few seasons. Rory battles American Chris Kirk, who was runner-up two seasons ago in the FedEx Cup season-long standings. Kirk beat Bill Haas 2&1 Saturday morning, while Koepka was a 1UP winner over Matt Kuchar.

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

Day opened the week as the betting favorite at 8-to-1 odds, according to Station Casinos in Las Vegas. Coming off a win last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Day could be the player to beat. McIlroy has yet to win in 2016.

Additional Quarterfinal matches include Ryan Moore against Rafael Cabrera-Bello with the winner advancing to Sunday’s Semi-Finals in the morning session against the winner of DJ-Oosthuizen.

While RCB and Moore were “field” bets, Koepka (35-1) and Oosthuizen (28-1) would pay off nicely in the sports book if they can go all the way.

Other Golf news:

  • Third-round play is underway at the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach with Rafael Campos (9-under) serving as the 36-hole leader.
  • Jenny Shin leads the Kia Classic through two rounds at 10-under. Lydia Ko, Rolex World No. 1, is a shot back.
  • Oosthuizen, the former Open champion, won the European Tour’s Perth Aerial shotInternational in Australian in late February. The Masters runner-up to Bubba Watson a few years ago takes on the long-hitting Dustin Johnson in the featured Saturday afternoon Quarterfinals match at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin.