april 30th, 2015
Today I played my fist match in the Cadillac Matchplay, the third World Golf Championship of the year. It's a bit different from other years because you first play three group matches, before the round-robin starts. Only the group winner makes it to the round-robin fase, so every match is very important.
I played the first game against Kevin Na and it wasn't easy. I didn't play my best golf but I did manage to go 1 up, because Kevin made a bogey on the fourth. After that the score stayed the same until the tenth hole.
On the tenth I missed my drive and could only make bogey from the left rough. Na made his par and so it was all square again. On twelve I thought I might go back to 1 up when I pitched in from 50 yards. Unfortunately Kevin holed a putt from 15 feet to match my birdie and halve the hole.
On the fourteenth I missed the fairway and couldn't reach the green. A bad bunker shot meant a double bogey and loss of the hole to go 1 down. One hole later I missed a short birdie putt to level the score and on sixteen Na made a good birdie, and I didn't. Two down with only two to go.
I wasn't planning on losing so I kept believing it was still possible to win this match. When Kevin made a mistake on the seventeenth that meant I could get it back to only one down. On the last hole I holed a tricky ten feet downhill slider to stay in the match and go into overtime.
After a good drive on the first extra hole I hit my approach in the greenside bunker. I hit my bunkershot to 15 feet, but missed the putt. Kevin missed the fairway on his drive and had a six feet putt to stay in the match. Fortunately for me, he missed the putt and I won the match 1 up.
It was a close call today, but I kept believing I could win the match and I holed a couple of good putts in the end to do so. I do have to step up my game for tomorrow!