Rahm lost only one of the 27 holes he played in his 6-and-4 victory over Charles Howell III and his 7-and-5 victory over Soren Kjeldsen in the quarterfinals. "It's fun and it's exciting to watch", Johnson said.
Kevin Na needed only one hole in his play-off against Matthew Fitzpatrick to win Group Six. Haas then birdied the par-4 15th - his seventh birdie of the round - before closing out Mickelson with a par on No. 17. He now faces the burden of trying to overcome the No. 1 player in the world.
"Once I get to tournaments I just focus on what I have to do, stick to my routine, breakfast, warm up, hit balls, and think about it each shot at a time".
"It really amazes me that I'm doing this", Rahm said. And if one factors in that he won his last group match on Friday, against countryman Sergio Garcia, 6&4, it means he has played 41 holes to beat three players.
Haas has not been ideal, but he's beaten some very good players so far.
The victory at Torrey Pines, with a last-day charge of 30 on the back nine, put all his potential on display.
Conversely, Mickleson had enjoyed a 4-up front side in each of his first four matches coming into the quarterfinals on the way to easy wins, but was 3-down on Saturday afternoon after making the turn.
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The veteran will be more concerned that his defeat by Rahm could signal a changing of the guard in Spanish golf rather than spend too much time reflecting on his woeful mistake.
The 22-year-old, who was the world's top-ranked amateur while studying at Arizona State University, is now 25th in the world after winning his first PGA Tour title in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January.
The American had led 3-up after seven holes but Tanihara made four birdies in the next seven holes to level the match.
"It's a long way to go but I like my chances", Johnson told NBC television after dusting off Noren. En route to a 3-0 record in group play, McGirt hit only 52.83 percent of greens in regulation but scrambled to save par on 22 of 25 occasions. He will play Noren, a 3-and-1 victor over No. 20 Brooks Koepka, in the quarterfinals.
The 38-year-old 14-time victor on the Japan Tour shocked with a trip to the semifinals at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
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