In one of the tighter matches on Day 2 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships, Rickie Fowler defeated Red Hot Jimmy Walker and will play Sergio Garcia in the third round. Fowler made a clutch birdie to pull All Square at the 16th hole, and with a little help from the FedEx Cup leader at 17 was able to close out the match at 18.
Jimmie Walker has been on his game all year with three wins on his resume in the new season. He proved to be a tough competitor at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort, but could not overcome Fowler’s putter down the stretch. Rickie Fowler won 1 up in the second round event.
Walker got out to a 1 up lead at the first hole, but Rickie came back with eagle and birdie at the second and third holes to get 1 up in the match. The two traded punches throughout the remainder of the front nine with Jimmy Walker going 1 up at the turn.
After a slow start to the back nine, Fowler pulled All Square at 14 before giving the lead back on the following hole. The bogey at 17 would prove to be the end of Jimmy Walker’s bid to continue on to a date with Sergio Garcia.
Rickie Fowler has always had game, but his lack of distance and accuracy off the tee has kept him firmly entrenched as a second tier player. Lessons with legendary instructor, Butch Harmon has added some length to the 25 year-old Fowler’s game, and accuracy to his tee shots.
Sergio Garcia eliminated Bill Haas 3 & 1 on Thursday afternoon, and will get a date with the new Rickie Fowler in a Ben Hogan Division semi-final matchup.