Tommy Fleetwood hit a hole in one as he advanced to the WGC Matchplay quarterfinals on Saturday in Texas with a 4-3 victory over Dylan Frittelli.
The Englishman, who made the fourth hole par three, will play Billy Horschel after beating Kevin Streelman 3 & 1.
From France Victor Perez beat Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre 5 and 4 to set up a match against Sergio Garcia, who was a 2 & 1 winner over Mackenzie Hughes.
Scottie Scheffler had seven birdies in 13 holes, crushing Ian Poulter 5 and 4.
The American will play Jon rahm in the last eight after the Spaniard pierced an eagle on the 16th to beat Erik van Rooyen 3 & 2. Rahm, ranked third in the world, was the only top 20 player to reach the last 16.
Scheffler and Poulter had both won their three group matches, but the Englishman was three points behind after 10 holes.
Scheffler then halved the 11th with a chip-in birdie after Poulter hit a 40-foot putt. He also tied Poulter’s birdie on the 13th before winning the match the next.
“I kept putting the pressure on,” Scheffler said. “I knew if I gave him a thumbs up he would make the game run. I couldn’t give him much to work with and I didn’t.”
Fleetwood was also pleased with his performance after winning four of the first six holes.
“I did very little harm,” he said. “The fourth was a bonus. I wasn’t sure it came in,” he added of his ace who landed past the pin and fell 15 feet into the hole.
MacIntyre lost three points after nine holes and lost the next three to be six points with six remaining. He drove the 13th green by four as he caught a hole, but the 14th was cut in half and fellow Ryder Cup prospect Perez stepped forward.
He will play Garcia, who won four of six holes in the ninth when he saw his Canadian opponent.
“We are very good friends,” said Spaniard de Perez. “We played practice laps together when he’s in America and I’ve tried to help him feel as comfortable as possible.
“He has great potential to be a Ryder Cup player this year.”
Brian Harman fired back four points after five holes to win a sensational game against fellow American Bubba Watson.
Harman trotted eight holes from the sixth, winning seven, to be three ahead after 13, but Watson, who won that event in 2018, fought back to win the 15th and 16th holes with birdies to one.
However, Harman won the 17th with a par to triumph 2 & 1.
In the other game of the last 16 all-American games, Matt Kuchar landed a six-foot bird putt on the 18th to pass Jordan Spieth in a close game he never led until that last shot.
The quarter-final matches will take place on Saturday, with the semi-finals and the final on Sunday.
T Fleetwood (Eng) v B Horschel (United States)
V Perez (Fra) v S Garcia (Spa)
S Scheffler (United States) vs. J Rahm (Spa)
M Kuchar (United States) v B Harman (United States)