World Golf Final 2012: Day 2 Results and Analysis
Those insatiable golf fans desperately waiting for a head-to-head matchup between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will have to wait another day, as rain washed away the afternoon session of group play at the inaugural Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.
Unfortunately for those waiting for Woods-McIlroy, the stakes when the two golfers face off will essentially be non-existent.
The 23-year-old Irishman fell to Charl Schwartzel in early morning play on Wednesday and will now need a miracle in his matchup against Woods to advance.
Meanwhile, things went far better for the former world No. 1 Matt Kuchar as Woods carded a strong score en route to victory.
Also victorious on Wednesday morning was Justin Rose, who is undefeated thus far, and Webb Simpson, who lost a heartbreaker to Lee Westwood on Tuesday.
Due to the rain, all remaining group play matches will be made up Thursday morning with the semifinals taking place that afternoon.
With that in mind, here's a look at all of Wednesday's results as we prepare for elimination play to begin at the 2012 World Golf Final.
Day 2 Standings
|Group A||Group B|
|Charl Schwartzel 2 Points||Justin Rose 2 Points|
|Tiger Woods 1 Point||Webb Simpson 1 Point|
|Matt Kuchar 1 Point||Lee Westwood 1 Point|
|Rory McIlroy 0 Points||Hunter Mahan 0 Points|
Tiger Woods def. Matt Kuchar
By carding a brilliant score of 67, Woods not only eviscerated Kuchar by five shots on Wednesday, but put himself in a cushy position to advance.
As it stands, the 36-year-old American is ahead of his Wednesday opponent by four strokes in overall score, meaning he will likely only need to scrape by McIlroy Thursday morning to advance to semifinal action.
Woods has to feel encouraged about his play thus far at the PGA Sultan after such a disappointing showing at the Ryder Cup. A victory to officially finish off McIlroy in group play could only be the icing on that cake.
Charl Schwartzel def. Rory McIlroy
Two-straight strong performances from Schwartzel puts the fate directly in his own hands when he takes on Kuchar on Thursday.
To beat the world's best golfer, the 28-year-old South African carded birdies on three of the last four holes en route to an overall score of 70.
For McIlroy, this loss has to sting. The 23-year-old played far superior golf than on Tuesday and seemed to put himself in a position to win the match, only to be bested by a late-match hot streak.
After carding a 76 in his first matchup and a 71 against Schwartzel, McIlroy sits with the worst overall score in his group. That means he'll need an implosion from both Woods and Kuchar along with a top-notch score of his own on Thursday to advance.
With little left to play for, McIlroy may be able to take solace in taking down Woods and collecting his guaranteed $300,000 for making an appearance.
Justin Rose def. Lee Westwood
In a matchup of Ryder Cup partners, both Rose and Westwood brought their best games to the table.
Nonetheless, Rose's score of 66 bested Westwood's 69 and gave the 32-year-old South African a seeming guaranteed trip to the semifinals.
For Westwood, all is not lost. A win against Hunter Mahan puts the pressure directly on Webb Simpson's shoulders as both men are neck-and-neck in the overall scoring.
With hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, you better believe that Westwood will come out firing on Thursday.
Webb Simpson def. Hunter Mahan
As you would expect, both golfers came out firing with their tournament lives on the line on Wednesday.
Simpson carded a day's-best score of 65 as Mahan wasn't that far behind with a 67 in a battle of American Ryder Cup teammates.
The 2012 U.S. Open champion will now look to card a low score and defeat Rose in order help seal up a semifinals appearance.
Mahan, meanwhile will attempt to save face on Thursday and defeat Westwood in order to avoid going winless in Turkey.
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