American golfer Justin Thomas one matchplay win away from world No 1

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Aphibarnrat also maintained his 100 per cent record with a 4&3 win over last year's runner-up Jon Rahm. "That was big, and then I was able to make four birdies. that was a nice, strong finish for me".

But his victory appeared to affect his memory, Poulter praising Oosthuizen for being a Masters victor - a tournament he never won.

"I keep advancing, so that's the key", Watson said before explaining how his equipment company had adjusted the loft of his putter. "I'll go back and get ready for the next couple of weeks".

Lefthander Watson, who won the US Masters in 2012 and 2014, is working his way back into good form after a lean spell saw his world ranking drop to 117th early this year.

"I wish I was hanging around for the weekend but I'll rest up and get a little bit of work in before going to Augusta".

(32) Kisner def. (1) Dustin Johnson, 4 and 3: Already eliminated, the defending champion went 0-3 this week after yet another an uninspiring performance, this time against Kisner. Noren, who lost in the quarters previous year to eventual champ Dustin Johnson, is a nine-time victor on the Euro Tour in 247 career events, most recently at the 2017 BMW PGA.

Thomas gave South Korean 50th seed Kim Si-woo no chance in their round-of-16 match, plundering Austin Country Club for a 6&5 victory in benign morning conditions.

Kisner's match against 58th seed Poulter was one-sided from the start. Stanley answered by winning 13 on an 11-foot birdie putt but they halved the next four holes as Thomas advanced.

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Noren now has won seven of his last eight matches in his event, his only loss coming to Johnson in the quarterfinals past year.

But a hole later, at the par-5 12th, Watson made a 7-footer for birdie to clinch the match.

McIlroy will at least have the consolation of some desired extra time off before stepping up his bid for a first Masters title at Augusta National, which would make him the sixth player to complete a career Grand Slam.

Noren beat Thomas 5&3 for third place. Watson next faces Harman, a match of Georgia lefties.

But Watson had other ideas as two birdies and an eagle in the first six holes set the two-time Masters champion on his way to a 3&2 win and kept him on course for a second World Golf Championships title.

— Louis Oosthuizen beat Jason Day with two clutch putts, and then won the group with a 12-foot par putt in a playoff to beat Jason Dufner.

When Kisner missed a 4 1/2-foot par putt at eight, Noren took his first lead 1 up. But then Wiesberger holed a 20-foot putt for birdie, Hadwin missed his par putt from 12 feet and Kisner won the group.

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