CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The match play portion of the 2010 Men's Golf Championship got off to an exciting start and ended in dramatic fashion. After the dust settled, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Florida State and Augusta State advanced to Saturday's semifinals at The Honors Course.
The day started with a three-team playoff to name the eighth seed in the bracket. Stanford prevailed over San Diego and Arizona State to get the nod.
The three teams began on 11-18 with the top four of five scores counting as the team score. Stanford and San Diego played the holes at minus two, while Arizona State bowed out at one-under.
The players at 18 moved on 10 while the other four just moved up in the rotation. Sihwan Kim gave Stanford the win with the lone birdie of the second playoff holes as he drained a 15-footer on the par five 17th to claim the eighth spot and a date with top seed Oklahoma State in match play.
No. 4 seed Oregon and No. 5 Washington began the proceedings and it was as dramatic as the playoff. Oregon's Jack Dukeminier was running smoothly at 2-up through 13 when Washington's Charlie Hughes won three straight holes to take a 1-up lead on 16. Dukeminier bounced back to win the last two holes and claim the first point with a 1-up victory.
With the Huskies down 2-1, Chris Williams won three of the last four holes for a 2&1 win over Daniel Miernicki to knot it at 2-all. With the two teams tied heading into the last match, Eugene Wong's par on 18 clinched the 3-2 win for the Ducks as he topped Nick Taylor 1-up.
Stanford pushed top seed Oklahoma State from the start. The Cardinal led early in three matches before the Cowboys made a run.
Sean Einhaus and Kevin Tway each won handily 5&4 for OSU before Trent Whitekiller clinched the match with a par on 18. David Chung got the Cardinal on the board winning the final two holes of his match with Peter Uihlein for a 1-up win. Stanford conceded the final match that was all square with two to play giving OSU a 4-1 win.
Third seed Florida State took a 4-1 win over seventh-seeded Texas Tech. FSU never trailed in two of the matches with 2&1 wins by Michael Hebert and Drew Kittleson. TTU's Tyler Weworski cruised to a 3&2 win, while also leading wire-to-wire.
It was 1-1 after Weworski's win as Seath Lauer and Brooks Koepka closed out the match for the Seminoles with 2&0 wins on 18.
The final match had all the drama match play is known for. Sixth-seed Augusta State's Carter Newman began the scoring with a 1-up win over Paul Haley of third-seed Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets scored a 2&1 win by James White followed by a 1-up win by Kyle Scott to take a 2-1 lead into the final two matches. Scott won his final three holes to turn around a two-hole deficit for the win.
That's when Patrick Reed (ASU) and Chesson Hadley (GT) took over. In a match that neither led by more than one hole, Reed's birdie on the par three 13th gave him a 1-up lead. He matched clutch birdies by Hadley over the final two holes to hold on for the win.
ASU's Henrik Norlander led by as many as 4-up on the back nine before heading into 18 with a 1-up lead. John Tyler Griffin's birdie on 17 pushed Norlander to the limit. Griffin hit it to around eight feet on the 18th but the birdie putt just missed cinching the 3-2 for the Jaguars.
Saturday's semifinal action starts at 9 a.m., with Oklahoma State and Oregon squaring off followed by Augusta State and Florida State beginning at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are only available at the course and are $15 at the entrance next to spectator parking.