Australian golfer Graham Marsh scored a surprising victory over the United States titleholder Tom Weiskopf in the semi-finals of the Piccadilly World Match Play Tournament at the fashionable Wentworth course near London on Friday (12 October).
SV Miller driving
SV Weiskopf driving
SV March hits ball from behind bush
SV Gary Player playing bunker shot
SV Weiskopf hitting ball onto green & holing ball (2 shots)
SV Player holing ball on 13th
GV & SV March driving ball up fairway & putting on green (2 shots)
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Background: Australian golfer Graham Marsh scored a surprising victory over the United States titleholder Tom Weiskopf in the semi-finals of the Piccadilly World Match Play Tournament at the fashionable Wentworth course near London on Friday (12 October).
In the other semi-final, Gary Player of South Africa stormed to an early lead over the United States Open champion Johnny Miller.
Marsh was two up after 11 holes and Player led by a similar margin after 9 holes. The early lead of Marsh was the greatest surprise -- he was an 8 to 1 outsider of the four survivors while Weiskopf, following his first round brilliance, had hardened to an 11-8 favourite.
SYNOPSIS: American Open Champion Bob Miller and his fellow countryman Tom Weiskopf -- holder of the British Open -- made unexpected departures from the thirty-thousand pound Piccadilly Match Play Tournament at Britain's fashionable Wentworth course near London on Friday.
It was Australia's newest golfing hope, Graham Marsh, who disposed of Weiskopf 4 and 3 -- Miller was beaten by veteran South African Gary Player 3 and 2.
Although Marsh went into the lead and was two up after 11 holes, Weiskopf pulled back a stroke on the thirteenth when he two putted to go down in four to the Australian's five.
At the same hole, Player sank a four against Miller's five and made himself favourite for Saturday's final.
On the thirty-second, the big-hitting Australian squared the hole with the crowd-popular Waiskopf to storm through for a clear victory. He'd started the day an eight-to-one outsider in this premier European Match Play.