Thomas joins Watson in WGC Match Play quarter-finals

Rory McIlroy had a nightmarish start to his round Friday

Rory McIlroy had a nightmarish start to his round Friday

Instead, he looked flat and played his worst match of the week, never even scaring Watson in a 3-and-2 loss.

Kisner contributed to that.

The difference was six at the turn and while Kisner got the biggest cheer of the day as he won the 11th with a lengthy putt, Watson birdied the next to complete a comprehensive victory. He made four straight bogeys and only twice on the front nine was putting for birdie. The margins are razor thin among the best players in the world, and any dip in performance is going to be readily apparent.

He missed the cut, complained about fans and insulted the entire country with these statements about his time sightseeing: "I don't know the names of all the things, the big tower, Eiffel Tower, an arch (Arc de Triomphe), whatever I rode around in a circle".

"It's one of those things, I got off to a hot start, and I'm just focused on golf", a teary-eyed Watson told NBC Sports after closing out his match.

As Watson continued to figure out "what drives me as a person", his health began to improve. He reached the semifinals his first year in 2011 - losing to Martin Kaymer, the PGA champion, for Kaymer to go to No. 1 in the world - and only made it to the weekend once after that. Watson figured he hardly ever makes it this far in golf's most fickle format, so it was a good problem to have.

Masters champion who won the Los Angeles tour stop at Riviera last month.

Actually, Watson is among the favorites for the year's first major, listed on one website at 16/1 at the Westgate Las Vegas Superook, just behind the likes of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

The battle of Americans and former Georgia Bulldogs was never a contest, with Watson winning the first five holes and going 6-up through seven. Thomas didn't make another birdie until the par-5 16th, and by then it was too late. Watson was 2 down with a pair of holes to go and finished 2-3 for the halve.

Rory McIlroy had a nightmarish start to his round Friday
McIlroy, Johnson stunned on day one in Austin

Thomas said he was too consumed with what was at stake in the semifinals - the No. 1 ranking.

"It's just one of those deals, every time I looked up, (the ball) was nowhere near where I was looking", Kisner said.

"And that really sucked". "Maybe they'll give me a free cake when I get there or something".

Noren beat Thomas 5&3 for third place.

Sponsored by a auto company, it's perhaps no surprise South Korea's Eun-hee Ji collected some new wheels as part of her prize for winning the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic in California.

"(There were) about four or five shots for the week where I wasn't committed, where I blanked out. "I'm going to have confidence in yourself, knowing I can hit certain shots, and do certain shots again".

Ji finished with a 5-under 67 at Aviara for a two-stroke victory over Kerr and Lizette Salas in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills. "It's been working the last couple of weeks and obviously in LA it worked pretty good".

"That's really all I'm trying to do".

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