This match was close until the back 9 when #10 seed Bob Goalby put the “pedal to the metal” to defeat #13 seed Jerry Pate 4 & 2 to advance to the FINAL FOUR out of the Bobby Jones Bracket!
The match went back and forth on the front 9 with Pate & Goalby both winning 3 holes! In fact, at the turn, the match was ALL SQUARE! Goalby then birdies 10 & 11 to go 2 UP! On the short par 4 12th hole, Pate “flubbed” a 73 yard wedge shot ending up in the small bunker well short of the green. Goalby hit the green in regulation and got down in 2 for a par. Pate got his bunker shot 9 feet from the pin but missed the putt to halve the hole and Goalby takes a 3 UP lead.
The next 3 holes were halved with pars & then Goalby birdies the short par 5 15th hole to win it 4 & 2. 10 of the 16 holes were in play. Even under tough course conditions, Goalby was 5 UNDER while Pate was 1 UNDER for 16 holes. That’s a 4 stroke difference in favor of Goalby & he won it 4 & 2! He awaits the winner of the #2 seed Tom Watson versus #4 Hale Irwin match. Click on the LINK below to see the Match Satus of the remaining 3 Quarter-Final Matches as well as the entire Match Summary to date: