#2 seed Tom Watson and #4 seed Hale Irwin traded blows on the front 9 in this “hotly” contested match! Irwin got off to a “rough” start by getting tangled up in the rough on the 1st Hole leading to a bogey 5! Watson won the hole with par! Irwin then “righted” his ship quickly by birdying the 2nd hole to SQUARE the match.
It remained that way until the par 4 471 yard 5th hole where Irwin got snagged in the rough again leading to another bogey 5. Watson won the hole to go 1 UP again. Then Watson had “rough” troubles on the 6th for a bogey 5! Irwin SQUARED the match again with a par.
We go to the par 3 219 yard 8th hole where they both got in trouble but Watson prevails by winning it with a bogey 4 to go back to a 1 UP advantage! Holes 9 through 13 were all HALVED. We go to the long par 4 14th where Irwin bogeys the hole giving Watson a 2 UP lead with 4 holes to play. The 15th was HALVED again with pars. On the short par 5 507 yard 16th hole, Irwin plays his best hole of the round with an eagle as he sinks a 56-footer! Watson is now 1 UP with 3 to play!
We go to the two most exciting closing holes in Match Play Golf & both golfers make pars on 17 & 18 giving Tom Watson the 1 UP win after 18! Only 7 holes out of 18 were in play! Watson ended up at +2 while Irwin ended at +3. Watson had the stroke advantage by 1 & the hole advantage by 1 too!
#2 seed Tom Watson meets #10 seed Bob Goalby in the FINAL FOUR!