Scottie Scheffler ended Seamus Power’s run at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play when he secured his semifinal berth with a three-and-two at the Austin Country Club.
rishman Power had led his opening group to cement his place in the top 50 and secured his first Masters appearance, after which he defeated Englishman Tyrrell Hatton in the last 16 on Saturday.
However, Scheffler proved too far for the 35-year-old from Waterford as the American chased a tournament victory that would propel him to the top of the world rankings.
Power had fought back from two errors after six holes to get into the back nine before Scheffler reinforced things from the par-5 12.
Scheffler secured the win with an eagle from 91ft on the 16th and will face Dustin Johnson, who beat Brooks Koepka by two.
Power will get what he can from a “fun week” before then opting to sit out the Valero Texas Open ahead of his debut in Augusta.
“It’s my first time playing in this tournament, so overall it was a positive performance,” he said.
“It’s an unusual feeling (after a loss) but it was a good finish in a very good field so there’s something positive about that.”
Scheffler, meanwhile, won’t be distracted by the prospect of becoming world number one ahead of Jon Rahm, who previously lost to Koepka after 19 holes in the last 16.
“I wouldn’t say I’m in any rush to do anything out here,” said Scheffler, who previously ousted defending champion Billy Horschel.
“I’m just enjoying myself out here and trying to do my best and assert myself.”
Johnson, who defeated Britain’s Richard Bland in the round of 16, recovered from being behind Koepka in a big hitters duel.
A 27-foot birdie on the par-4 15th helped turn the tide before Johnson landed his 353-yard drive shot onto the green on the 18th, with Koepka conceding a two-putt birdie.
Johnson is in the semifinals for the first time since winning in 2017.
“It was a long day but I felt like I played really well all day,” he said.
“I know Scottie and have played with him a few times, then he was with us on the Ryder Cup team so it’s definitely going to be a tough match,” he said.
The other semifinal will be played between Canadian Corey Conners and Kevin Kisner.
Conners came through with a one-two over Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who had a surprise seven and six win over world no. 2 Collin Morikawa earlier in the day.
Kisner, who made a fine comeback in his round of 16 match against Australia’s Adam Scott, beat Will Zalatoris by four and three.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/seamus-powers-wgc-dell-technologies-match-play-run-ended-by-scottie-scheffler-41491419.html Seamus Power’s WGC-Dell Technologies matchplay run was ended by Scottie Scheffler