Martin Kaymer, world No. 1 in waiting, edged out Miguel Angel Jimenez 1 up to advance to the Match Play semifinals. And for those of you wondering what snazzy accessory Kaymer was sporting around his neck, the correct term is “snood,” which according to Wikipedia (yes, a very reliable source): A snood is historically a type of European female headgear, or in modern times a tubular neck scarf.
Anyway, back to the golf! — Kaymer was 4-up through 14 before Jimenez, the oldest player in the field at 47, staged an impressive run, winning three consecutive holes to force the match to the 18th hole. On the 14th, Kaymer had to take an unplayable after his drive ran through the fairway into the desert. No big deal, though. Lying two, Kaymer knocked his third shot on the green and rolled in a 10-footer for birdie for his fifth of the day.
The Germanator started hitting stray shots coming down the stretch. He made bogeys on the 16th and 17th, while Jimenez birdied No. 15, his only one on the back nine.
Jimenez needed to win the 18th to force the match to extra holes. He pushed his approach, missing the green and leaving himself with a tough chip, which he needed to hole out for birdie to extend the match. It never had a chance and MAJ and Kaymer posted pars.
Kaymer now needs to win his semifinal match to overtake Lee Westwood as No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He will play the winner of the Bubba Watson vs. JB Holmes match — if they ever finish. Due to the combination of Holmes’ deliberate pace of play, incessant plumb-bobbing and rulings, the match has yet to be decided.