Tiger Woods produced a stunning hole-out eagle from 83 yards to help catapult the 80-time PGA TOUR victor into the weekend and a chance for a fourth World Golf Championships--Dell Technologies Match Play title.
Snedeker first has to beat Aaron Wise, who was eliminated when Cantlay beat him, and he would only advance if Woods beats Cantlay.
Woods won four straight holes with three birdies and an 83-yard lob wedge that spun back into the hole for an eagle, carrying him into the weekend with a 4-and-2 victory over Patrick Cantlay. But his putt to win the 15th grazed the lip, and his 3-wood into the par-5 16th was too strong and went into a back bunker.
Wise, meanwhile, had lost both of his opening matches, but was unflappable on Friday.
Three holes later, Woods hit iron off the tee and pulled it left into the Colorado River, making double bogey to fall 2 down. "There was a lot of ebb and flow in this match", Woods said.
"I won the match, but it wasn't exactly the best of golf out there from both of us".
"Feels like a win to me", Spieth said. "He's beaten me about 10,000 times in my career", Snedeker said.
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Most SEC fans think the Gators were hosed in the league semi-finals in their loss to eventual champ Auburn and they likely were. While he doesn't see No. 1 Virginia fading a la previous year versus UMBC, he has Tennessee taking them out in the Elite 8.
"I was up, the next thing I'm down in the match". The ball bounced out to about 4 feet and he made the par putt.
Two-time champion Jason Day, world number five Justin Thomas and last year's victor Bubba Watson all lost. Woods has had the better score 12 times and tied Snedeker once. "We've played tournaments together, battled each other down the stretch at events, but never in a match play situation, so this will be fun", Woods said of the upcoming match due to start at 9.30 a.m. eastern time Saturday.
Open Champion Francesco Molinari made it two wins from two when he beat Thorbjorn Olesen four and three in Group Seven.
Rose won the final two holes with birdies, sinking a 20-footer at the 17th followed by a 10-footer at the last to eliminate wine connoisseur Pepperill, who consoled himself with a glass of bold red.
No. 5 seed Justin Thomas was a 3 and 2 loser to Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard (No. 50), No. 9 Xander Schauffele escaped No. 62 Lee Westwood 1-up, No. 52 Jim Furyk came from behind to upset Australia's Jason Day (No. 12) 2-up and defending champ Bubba Watson lost to No. 57 Kevin Na in a weird turn of events. In the other match, Jim Furyk rallied from three down to beat Jason Day on the 18th hole.
"I really respect what he's done in the game, and it was pretty cool to be able to watch him compete today and be alongside him, " said Wise, who had never played with Woods previously.
Jordan Spieth birdied his last two holes for a halve against Billy Horschel, which felt bigger than that the way his year has gone.
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