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MFT Midwestern Match Play Championship — Quarter Final Bracket Rounds

Red Bracket

 

Bob Charles v Lanny Wadkins

After halving the first two holes with pars, Wadkins dropped a 22 foot birdie putt on the third hole to take the lead. Charles made it all square on the fourth with an impressive recovery shot from the trees over a bunker to within six feet. Wadkins’ pitch out of the sand left him with an 11′ par putt he missed. Wadkins reclaimed the lead on the par five fifth with a terrific approach pitch over a tree to five feet.  Charles missed a 16′ putt and Lanny birdied to go one up again. Wadkins’ putter gave him a two up lead on the sixth.  Both golfers had putts for save par after their approach shots went over the back of the green.  Charles missed from 18′ but Wadkins dropped his 14 footer. But Wadkins short game blew up in his face on the seven, taking two pitches and three putts to double bogey and loose the hole to Charles, who was now only one hole back.  Charles hit is approach shot into the water on the ninth, took double bogey and allowed Wadkins to take the hole with a bogey and take a two stroke lead into the back nine.  Neither golfer tore it up on the front– Wadkins went out in 38 (+2) and Charles in 39 (+3).  Both golfers bogeyed the 10th, then Wadkins crashed, blowing his two stroke lead. He double bogeyed the 11th, again with two pitches and three putts, then double bogeyed the 12th, hitting his six iron off the tee into the lake. The match was all square heading to the 13th.  Both golfers pulled their games together and pared the next two to stay all square heading into the par five 15th.  Charles made a bad decision to try to reach the green in two and hit his three wood into the creek.  Wadkins laid up and hit a beautiful wedge to within four feet for birdie to go one up with three to play.  Wadkins gave back the hole on the par three 16th, slicing his seven iron deep into some trees and was unable to recover for par. Charles got up and down from a bunker to tie the contest with a par. Wadkins  pared 17 in regulation, but Charles failed to get up and down, missing an 8′ putt for par, and Wadkins stood on the 18th tee with a one stroke lead.  But then, as he had the whole match, collapsed again once he’d gotten a lead.  He hooked his drive to be partially blocked by some trees and hit his wedge over the green into some nasty rough. He chunked that pitch then pitched again 39′ feet away for bogey.  Charles had hit a great four iron to within seven feet for birdie.  Needless to say, he won the hole, sending the match into extra holes. Charles had hacked around the back with a 40 for a 79 (+7), and Wadkins shot 42 on the back for a round of 80 (+8). It was ugly but someone was going to move on. Both golfers played irons off the tee on the 1st hole and neither of them ended up on the short stuff.  Charles pushed his three iron into a fairway bunker. Wadkins two iron caught too much of the down sloping fairway and rolled into the left rough.  The long grass kept him out of the trees but left him with a terrible lie. Charles hit a sweet four iron out of the trap to within seven feet. Wadkins caught a flyer with his seven iron and rolled through the green into the rough. He hit a terrible pitch 39′ away from the hole to try to save par and hope Charles missed his birdie putt. He hit a lousy putt and was left with 14′ for bogey.  The match was effectively over as Charles only had to two putt from seven feet, which he did to win an ugly match in 19 holes.

 

Phil Rodgers v Larry Mize

In the match where streaks dominated play, Rodgers got on top first after they had played four all square holes.  On the par five 5th, Rodgers hit a beautiful 65 yard pitch to four feet for birdie to go one up. But then the first streak started. Mize sank a six foot put for birdie on the par five 7th to tie the match.  Then Rodgers game fell apart. Rodgers blasted from the right green-side bunker on #8 across the putting surface and had to pitch back on. He had a 18′ putt to save bogey and missed it to give Mize the hole and a one up lead.  On the 9th, he pitched from the front left trap over the green again, chunked the next pitch and finally got on the green, lying five, without a penalty stroke.  He again made double bogey and found himself down to holes at the turn. Both golfers did not play well. Mize shot 39 going out and Rodgers 42.  Rodgers continued to struggle, bogeying the 10th to find himself down three, having lost four straight holes. But something in him came to life and he rememberd how to play golf.  What he did was run off a string of five birdies.  It started on the 11th with a 12 foot birdy putt. Mize parred. Rodgers dropped a nine foot birdie putt on the par three 12th, while Mize found the lake and double bogeyed. Then he nailed a 15′ birdie putt on the 13th and the match was all square, but not for long. Rodgers made 15′, 14′ and 9′ birdie putts on the next three holes and buried Mize, closing out the match on the 16th green.

Phil Rodgers defeats Larry Mize 3 & 2

 

Lee Trevino v J.C. Snead

The Merry Mex was certainly jolly, playing his best golf of the tournament.  J.C. Snead, who upset Seve Ballesteros and then buried Jodie Mudd, looked good, breaking into the lead, winning the first hole of the match with a regulation par after Trevino dunked an approach shot into the pond.  But it was the only hole Snead would win. Trevino knocked a 60 yard wedge to four feet on the par five 7th and tied the match. Trevino scrambled for par on the eighth, but Snead was unable to do so and Trevino took the lead. They halved the ninth. Trevino was even par on the front side and had a hole lead.  Snead was one over going out. The back side belonged to Trevino.  Snead gave him the 10th with a poor drive ending in a bad lie and four shots later, a bogey five. Trevino penciled in a regulation par to go up two strokes.  Snead missed a 20′ birdie putt on the eleventh, while Trevino knocked home his eight footer for birdie to go three up. Trevino landed a six iron nine feet away on the 13th for birdie while Snead struggled with the right green bunker to go four up. Trevino put it away on the 14th, dropping a nine iron three feet from the pin. Snead rimmed out a 12 foot birdie putt and Trevino knocked his in for the win. He was three under through 14 holes, the only golfer in the bracket to win and break par.

Lee Trevino defeats J.C. Snead 5 & 4

 

Jerry Pate v Bob Rosburg

Rosberg was one up after the first three holes due to a 16′ birdie putt on the 2nd hole. But he gave the hole back when he was unable to get up and down on the 4th hole while Pate hit a beautiful lag from 62′ to par the hole and make it all even. Even though he found the stream with his third shot, Pate managed to win the 7th hole with a bogey when Rosberg needed two recovery shots to find his way back to the fairway after badly slicing his drive, and then missed the green with his approach shot and couldn’t get up and down.  Rosberg made the match all square on the ninth after Pate got his approach shot wet on the ninth.  The match was tied at the turn with both golfers shooting 39 on the front. A poor drive got Rosberg into trouble on the 10th and led to a bogey and being a hole down when Pate notched a regulation par. The pair put up pars for the next four holes, brining them to the 15th with Pate up one. Pate knocked a terrific wedge to within three feet on the 15th for birdie while Rosberg mucked around the green for bogey to go up two holes with three to play. Rosberg gave the match away on the 16th with a six on the par three due to a series of truly ugly sand play and putting.  Pate walked in the back door with a win on a bogey on the 16th to advance to the next round.  He was at plus three after 16 holes while Rosberg stunk up the course, being eight over.

Jerry Pate defeats Bob Rosberg 3 & 2

Blue Bracket

  

Jay Hebert vs Bruce Lietzke

Bruce Lietzke failed to get up and down from the bunker on the first hole, putting Hebert up a hole. Hebert returned the favor on the fourth hole and the match was all square. Hebert reclaimed the lead on #6 by hitting a brilliant six iron to seven feet and dropping the putt for birdie. Hebert stretched his lead to two holes when Lietzke’s short game broke down on the par three 8th and blasted from the right side bunker over the green, pitched back on and three putted from 11 feet. At the turn, Hebert was up by two and had carded a very respectable 35, while Lietzke shot  a three over 39 on the front side. Hebert, however, gave a stroke back when he missed a 15′ putt for par on the 10th and Lietzke penciled in a regulation par.  But Hebert didn’t miss his 19′ putt for birdie on the 12th to go back up by two. Then Lietzke went on a run.  He hit a great six iron into the green on the 13th and dropped a five footer for birdie to trail by one.  On the 14th he stuck a 100 yard wedge shot and birdied from seven feet to tie the match. Lietzke took the lead when Hebert’s tee shot got into some thick bushes and he could only chip out. When he did, he got into some thick rough and could only punch the ball out.  He ended up taking a bogey on the hole and trailing in the match.  The contest went to all square on the 16th when Hebert was able to get up and down on the par three and Lietzke couldn’t. Lietzke missed a 17′ putt for birdie on the 17th while Hebert scrambled for par. On the last hole, Hebeert dropped a 16′ putt to say par and send the contest into extra holes. On the 19th hole, Hebert’s string of scrambles came to an end when he missed a 12′ putt for par and lost one up when Lietzke tapped in for par.

Bruce Lietzke defeats Jay Hebert in 19 Holes 1 UP 

  

Hal Sutton v Doug Sanders

Hal Sutton was three up at the turn, frequently winning  holes with pars as Doug Sanders struggled all day.  He two putted from 31 feet, while Sanders three putted, to win the fourth hole. Sutton missed an eight foot birdie putt on the sixth, but still won the hole when Sanders three putted from over 100 feet. Both golfers were looking at birdie putts on the seventh. Sanders missed from 14 feet, but Sutton dropped his 13 footer to go three up. Sanders won the 8th when Sutton missed a 13 foot putt for par. But he gave the hole back on the ninth when he missed a 14′ attempt to save par after badly pushing his approach shot and narrowly missing the stream.  Sutton was three up after nine, shooting 35 going out to Sanders three over 39. Sanders cut the lead to two holes thanks to a break down in Sutton’s short game on the 10th. But Sutton bore down and put Sanders away with two brilliant seven irons.  He hit his tee shot on the 12th four feet from the cup for birdie to go to three up, then stuck a seven iron approach shot five feet from the pin on the 13th to birdie again and go four holes up.  The golfers halved the next two holes and Sanders ran out of holes.  He was never really in the match.  Sutton was three under in the round when he ended it on the 15th.

Hal Sutton defeats Doug Sanders 4 & 3 

   

Hale Irwin v Jerry McGee

Sparkling short iron play put McGee up two holes early in the match.  He follow a terrific nine iron with a nine foot putt for birdie on the first hole, then knocked another nine iron to within five feet on the 3rd for another birdie.  But Irwin fought back, going birdie-par-birdie on the 5th, 6th and 7th to go up by a hole. He nearly holed a 65 yard pitch on the fifth to tap in for birdie and knocked a seven iron to within three feet on the 7th for birdie.  McGee stumbled around the green on sixth to take bogey to aid Irwin’s three hole run. Both golfer shot 35 going out, but Irwin was up a hole. McGee forced the match all square on the 10th, two putting from 41 feet while Irwin failed to get up and down for par. Irwin came back and reclaimed the lead on the 12th with a great six iron into the par three that led to a five foot birdie putt. But then Irwin stumbled, missing a 14′ putt to save par on the 14th to even the match.  He double bogeyed the 15th due to a terribly slicked drive into the trees, a recovery shot, then a three wood into the creek. McGee’s par was good enough to give him a one hole lead with three to play.  McGee went two up with a great seven iron into the par three 16th, giving him a three foot putt for birdie.  Irwin was two down with two to play. On the 17th, McGee reach the green in regulation but was looking at a 33 foot putt. Irwin missed the green with his approach shot and was just off the left fringe.  He hit a nice chip to within two feet, shifting the pressure back on McGee to at least knock the long putt close.  He did exactly that, leaving himself only a one footer for par.  The halved hole was enough to give the surprising McGee the win.

Jerry McGee defeats Hale Irwin 2 & 1 

  

Gil Morgan v Jim Jamieson

Regulation pars on the second and third holes were enough to put Morgan two holes up early in the match.  Jameson missed a 3 foot putt for par on two and pitched back and forth across the third green. The Doctor went three up with a six foot birdie putt on the fifth. But he let Jameson up off the mat when he knocked his approach shot into the pond on the 6th and took double bogey.  Jameson birdied the seventh with a six foot putt to go into the turn trailing only by a stroke.  He shot 38, while Morgan carded a 36 on the front nine. Morgan went back to three up when Jameson struggled on the 11th and 12th holes.  He nearly sliced his drive off the  11th tee out of bounds, then trickled his second shot into the creek that bisects the hole. He ended up taking bogey and loosing the hole.  He followed that up with a triple bogey on the par three 12th, and accomplished that without a penalty stroke.  So Morgan was three up with six holes to play. Both golfers went bogey-par-birdie- par on the next four holes. Jameson ran out of holes and Morgan held on to win the match

Gil Morgan defeats Jim Jameson 3 & 2

Yellow Bracket

Kroll  Brewer

Ted Kroll v Gay Brewer

Gay Brewer defeats Ted Kroll 1 Up — Brewer came from two holes down to go up by a hole, then Kroll birdied the 16th to make the match even going into the last two holes. Brewer went  one up on the 17th when Kroll bogeyed and halved the last hole for the win.

Tom_Weiskopf   Charles_Coody

Tom Weiskopf v Charles Coody

Tom Weiskopf defeats Charles Coody 3 & 2 — Both golfers played terribly.  It was just a matter of who played worse.  Weiskopf was seven over when he closed out the match on the 16th and Coody was a whopping plus eleven.

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Jack Renner v Andy North

Andy North defeats Jack Renner in 19 holes 1 Up — North rallied from being two holes down after 14 holes to make the match all square heading into the last two holes. Then he went on to win the match on the first extra hole, dropping a 19 foot birdie putt for the win.

Billy_Maxwell Ray_Floyd

Ray Floyd defeats Billy Maxwell 7 & 6 — Maxwell did not play well, but Floyd was on fire blitzing Maxwell and ending the match after 12 holes.  Floyd was five under through 12 holes when the match ended.

White Bracket

 

Leonard Thompson v Charles Coe

The two golfer shot mirror image rounds going out and were all square , shooting 37 on the front side.  They matched Coe finally broke through when he hit a beautiful wedge out of the front bunker on 12 to two feet.  Thompson pitched from the left side rough to seven feet then missed the putt to put Coe up one hole.  Coe failed to get up and down on the next hole and the match was all square again.  Then Thompson birdied the 14th and 15th to go two up with three with two to play.  Both birdies came from sparkling wedge shots to three feet on the 14th and six feet on the 15th.  Coe was able to step back from the brink on the 16th when Thompson  missed a 16’ putt to save par. However, the big man put the match away on the 17th, hitting the green in regulation and managing a nice lag from over 60’ to par and halve the hole for the win.

Thompson defeats Coe 2 & 1

  

Lon Hinkle v Arnold Palmer

Hinkle dropped a six footer for birdie on the third, but then three putted from 72’ to give a hole back to Arnie and even the match after four holes. Hinkle took the 5th hole, draining a nine footer for birdie, while Arnie missed from five feet to halve the hole. Palmer fell two holes down on the 6th, taking a bogey when a tricky steeple downhill pitch roll off the green and Hinkle parred the hole in regulation. To finish off a terrific front nine, Hinkle drilled a 24 footer for birdie on #9 to go three up at the turn.  But Arnie charged back, birding the 10th with an eleven foot putt and draining a 27 footer on the 11tht to cut Hinkle’s  lead to one hole.  He stumbled momentarily on the par three 12th, missing a 7 foot putt to save par and was two back.  But he drove the par five 15th in two and two putted for birdie to cut the lead again to one.  Palmer missed a five foot birdie putt on 16th to tie the match and found himself on the 17th tee box a hole down.   On the 17th green each golfer was looking a birdie putts.  Hinkle rimmed out a 16 footer, but Arnie dropped his 14 foot putt dead center to make the match all square heading into the 18th.  Palmer reached the 18th in regulation but was looking at a tricky 32’ putt for birdie.  Hinkle airmailed the 18th and was pitching from 39 yards in back of the green.  He pitched to within 15 feet and waited for Palmer to putt.  The putt scooted five feet past the hole and the pressure shifted back to Hinkle.  He missed above the hole and Palmer looked to complete a comeback from three holes down at the turn.  But he choked the five footer, rimming it out and the match went to extra holes.  Back to the first hole.  Both golfers found the fairway with their drives.  But Palmer pushed his nine iron right and left himself with a pitch over a bunker to the green. Hinkle hit a good nine iron nineteen feet past the hole and was looking at possible birdie.  Palmer softly land his pitch onto the green and rolled five feet short of the hole.  Hinkle lined up his putt…and dropped it dead center for a birdie and the match.  Palmer lost the match on a missed five foot putt on the 18th.

Lon Hinkle defeats Arnold Palmer in 19 holes 1 Up

  

Harold Henning v Art Wall, Jr.

Harold Henning jumped out to a lead on the second when he scrambled for par made bogey.  Henning gave back the stroke on the 6th when he chunked a pitch from the deed rough behind the green and made double bogey.  The South African rebounded, however, and dropped an eight foot birdie putt on the seventh go back to one up.  Two pars on the 8th and 9th holes were enough for Wall to take the last two holes on the front side and go into the turn up by one.  Wall stretched his lead to two up with a 22’ birdie putt on the 11th hole.  But Wall gave the stroke back on the 12th,  blasting from the trap behind the green across the putting surface and into the lake guarding the green to end up making triple bogey and lead by a stroke going into the final six holes.  Henning missed a birdie from 22’ but Wall calmly holed his six foot birdie putt to go back to two up after the 14th hole. Henning was down by two holes with four to play. But the scrappy South Afrikaner wasn’t done.  He bounced a 73 yard wedge shot off the flag stick on 15 for a tap in for birdie to trail by one. On the par three 16th, Henning holed a nine foot putt to save par and Wall missed a four footer for his par to make the match all square heading into the last two holes.  Wall missed a 20’ birdie putt while Henning scrambled for his par to halve the hole and go to the last tee box tied. Art Wall pulled his drive on the 18th into the dense rough just shy of the creek running down the left side of the hole and was unable to get his approach up to clear a tree and lay two over a hundred yards out.  Meanwhile Henning had plopped a full wedge into the center of the green, leaving himself about 17 feet for birdie. Wall’s half wedge in stuck short of the green and he chipped on and had a 19 foot putt just to save bogey.  He missed that and Henning drained his 17 foot putt for birdie and the win.

Harold Henning defeats Art Wall, Jr. 1 Up

  

Julius Boros v Billy Casper

Boros notched a hole first when Casper, uncharacteristically, missed a six foot putt to save par on the second hole.  But Boros returned the favor and missed a five footer for par on the third to tie the match after three.  Boros dropped a six footer for birdie on the par 5 fifth, and again Casper missed from short range, five feet, to lose another hole he should have halved.  The match went all square again when Boros bogeyed the sixth. But from this point Boros took over the match.  He hit a great pitch into the seventh and birdied from six feet. Then he stuck a seven iron on the ninth and made a five foot putt to birdie again go two up at the turn.  Boros shot 35 on the front and Casper 38.  Boros stretched his lead to three holes when he nailed a 26’ birdie putt on the 10th.  Casper knocked his six iron in the drink off the tee of the par three 12th and dropped to four holes down.  It was starting to look like an easy win for Boros.  Casper’s short game collapsed on the 13th and he was five down with five to play.  He extended the match with a great wedge and six foot birdie putt on the 14th.   The golfers halved the par five 15th and the match was over.

Julius Boros defeats Billy Casper 4 & 3

 

 

 

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