Justin Thomas the man to beat at the WGC Matchplay championship

Justin Thomas was on antibiotics when he arrived in Texas and mustered enough strength for a short practice round that left him wondering how long he would last in the Dell Technologies Match Play, if at all.

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Garcia defeated Justin Rose in a playoff to win last year's Masters, his first major triumph, so his return to Augusta National will be unlike anything he's ever experienced.

Finau won three straight holes on the back nine to take a 1-up lead, only to lose the 14th with a bogey.

Thomas was 1-5 in the WGC Match Play event previously.

Justin Thomas, who can replace defending champion Dustin Johnson as world number one with a victory, thrashed Francesco Molinari 7&5 to join Sergio Garcia, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Charles Howell, Patrick Reed and Alex Noren as advancing to the knockout stage with ideal 3-0 records.

Bubba Watson will be his opponent in Sunday's first semi-final after the two-time Masters champion beat Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat 5&3.

Watson never trailed in their semifinal match Sunday morning and pulled away early on the back nine.

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Thomas did make a battling birdie from over the green on the par-five 16th, but Watson had the simple task of holing from three feet following a superb bunker shot to close out the win.

"I've always thought he's one of the most impressive players I've played with and watched go around a golf course", Thomas said of Watson. "It's like LeBron James, when he jumps, he jumps higher than I do, so it's an advantage".

"My confidence level is just higher", Thomas said.

Meanwhile, Patrick Reed was 1 up through seven holes in a match that could not be described as aesthetically pleasing.

While Alex Noren is still a relatively unknown player to many American fans (and that's certain to change in September at the Ryder Cup), it's only because they haven't been paying attention. "If you want No. 1, just beat me, and you'll be No. 1".

Noren and Thomas are the only semifinalists who have not lost a match this week. He is now playing Kevin Kisner in his quarterfinal, but is already 7 down through 11 at the time of writing.

Kisner would certainly appreciate the chance at a mulligan.

The 2015 victor at Aviara, Kerr followed the double bogey with a two-putt birdie on the short par-4 16th and had a bogey on the par-4 18th.

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