Watch Ryan Moore's clutch approach shot on No. 18 to beat Sergio Garcia
Twice in the final two holes, Sergio Garcia seemed to be in control of his match against Ryan Moore. And twice in those final two holes, Moore delivered a dagger. Ah, the vagaries of match play.
With the match tied on No. 18, Garcia played aggressively, and hit a perfect, 331-yard drive that left him a pitch shot from the short par 4. Moore laid back nearly 100 yards behind Garcia with his tee shot. But then, he did this:
Garcia responded with a poor second shot and only made par on Austin Country Club's gettable finishing hole. Meanwhile, the kick-in birdie gave Moore a win in Thursday's first match and moved his record to 1-0-1 through two days. Garcia got saddled with a loss, something that usually spells an early exit from this event, even with the addition of the round-robin stage.
On the par-3 17th, Garcia hit a splendid shot to six feet. But Moore, looking like he'd go 1 down, responded by chipping in for birdie to stay all square. Moore now controls his own destiny in advancing from his group. A win against Lee Westwood on Friday will put him in the round of 16.