Thursday, February 24, 2011

16 Left in the Dust including Mickelson, McILroy, Casey, and Westwood

Rickie Fowler (Andy Lyons / Getty)

Rickie Fowler displayed some sick skills by pouring in 5 birdies and 2 eagles in route to taking down #1 seed Phil Mickelson. Fowler will next face Matt Kuchar in the sweet sixteen.

Ben Crane (Andy Lyons / Getty)

Rory McILroy spoke earlier in the week that Tiger isn't the player he once was. No kidding Rory. He never lost to Ben Crane 8 and 7 though. Win something before you talk. Have a nice flight.

Jason Day (Sam Greenwood / Getty)

Jason Day used a few mind tricks against Paul Casey, who had reached the finals of this tournament the past two seasons. Day made Casey putt out a 1 1/2 footer, a length normally conceded. "He looked really angry at me, too," Day said. "It was only about a foot and a half. ... But it's not about that hole, it's about the future holes coming on. So if I can make him a little angry, if I can get him out of his game plan and force him to make silly decisions out there, that's obviously part of the mind games that you play." Day went on to win 4 and 2.

 Nick Watney (Stuart Franklin / Getty)

Nick Watney took out #1 seed Lee Westwood for the 2nd consecutive year by a score of 1 up. Westwood admitted something interesting. "I haven't worked on my putting much lately," he said. "And it showed." Hmmm. Sounds like a good strategy for the number #1 player in the world. I guess that goes along with him saying he would rather stay #1 in the world than win majors.

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