Fans from all over the world witnessed second round matches of the Dell Match Play World Golf Championships. Austin and all of Texas were well represented and the general reaction from the patrons was “wow, these guys are good golfers” and “this is a great event”.
For example, Steve and Meredith Paterson were there to enjoy the day and watch a little golf. Paterson, who was the 2015 Player of the Year in the Austin Amateur Golf Rankings remarked “I want to see Jason Day hit a golf ball”. After a brief visit at the practice tee, they embarked on their journey around the course to watch the matches.
Fans enjoyed the various facilities located on the course and the great vistas provided by the combination of a bright Spring day, Lake Austin, the Pennybacker bridge, the Pete Dye golf course, manicured grounds of Austin Country Club and the beauty of the central Texas hill country.
Duane and Kathy Kyrish, former Austinites living in Houston, joined Mike and Lisa Allen in the Grey Goose hospitality tent behind number 11 green and witnessed the drama unfolding on the difficult par three that was playing into the wind. While they enjoyed the comforts of the hospitality tent, Zach Johnson hit the flag with his tee shot and almost made a hole in one.
Friends, family and business associates met on the course and enjoyed the golf and the beautiful day. One patron was heard to remark “This is like an amusement park while professional golf is being played”. As one gazed out across the vistas on the back nine, that comment is easy to comprehend.
Among all the distractions of the incredible facilities and views, the world’s best golfers were battling it out for a share of the $9,000,000 purse at the WGC championship. The story lines are many and varied.
For example, Jason Day, fresh off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, had won his first match on Wednesday but “tweaked” his back and it was questionable whether he would be able to continue to play on Thursday.
After warming up he decided to play and the fans around the 15th green were on hand to celebrate his 5&3 victory over Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson, some of the best short iron players on tour made quick work of their opponents with quality iron shots and holed putts. They are looking like players who are suited for the course.
Friday looks like the winds might abate somewhat and it should be another great day at the course.