Ernie Els defeated Jordan Spieth 4&2 in the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Els will play Victor Dubuisson in the semifinals tomorrow.
Els capitalized on Spieth’s poor play by calmly making pars as the youngster bogeyed crucial holes down the stretch.
After the round, Spieth said he made the mistake of visibly showing his frustration on the course:
Anytime you show that, it’s weakness, and Ernie can take advantage of it. He’s a consistent player, putted very well today, and made a lot of putts. I knew he would have a good round, because he’s coming off, kind of squeaking by a couple of struggles.
Ultimately, I just wasn’t there mentally, I don’t know what it was. But I’ll regroup, and be ready for Miami.
Els mentioned he was able to do the little things that wear down one’s opponent:
I could almost sense the frustration in Jordan today that he wasn’t quite playing the way he did yesterday. And I was kind of playing on that a little bit, just making sure ‑‑ if I was missing a shot, that I made sure I got it up-and-down to keep him at bay or keep him frustrated.