Thomas, Watson, Noren and Kisner in semis

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The only other time he had reached the semifinals of Match Play was in 2011 at Dove Mountain in Arizona when the reigning PGA champion, Martin Kaymer, beat him to reach No. 1 in the world.

But despite not feeling 100 percent early on, Thomas has been nothing short of stellar this week at Austin Country Club. The 39-year-old won the Masters twice (2012 and 2014) and just picked up his 10th-career PGA Tour victory at the Genesis Open in February. And when things are working, his opponents are left scratching their heads at just how he gets his golf ball to do those insane things.

"I just played really well again", said Thomas.

"You can make a birdie run or come back or take a big lead".

Thomas made quick work of Si Woo Kim to win on the 13th hole Saturday morning, and then he pulled away from Kyle Stanley in the afternoon by winning three straight holes to start the back nine that carried him to a 2-and-1 victory. All three Longhorns in this year's field - Spieth, Jhonattan Vegas and Dylan Frittelli - failed to make it out of group play.

'I didn't mess up and I threw a few birdies in there and that's how it got that way, Kisner said.

United States 18th seed Brian Harman never trailed in dispatching McIlroy 5&3 and capturing his group with two wins and a draw.

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Three American golfers and Swede Alex Noren remain in contention to win the WGC Match Play in Texas, after the quarterfinal dust settled on Sunday.

"It might be a good thing going into Augusta not to deal with all that and let DJ have all that pressure", Thomas said.

"But then I can't stay out of the country too long as I have to get dressed-up and be ready to return to Augusta".

But Watson seemed so intent he would not get past a fourth round match he was all set to leave Florida to celebrate the spring break of their six-year adopted son, Caleb. And there's not a player who defines "fun" in golf more than Bubba. In the knockout rounds, Watson trailed in only his first match against Brian Harman, when he was 1 down through seven holes before squaring the match and eventually winning 2 up.

After Watson sank a 10-foot birdie putt to win the 10th and go 2-up, Thomas found water with his second shot at the par-5 12th and made bogey to fall 3-down. 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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