MARANA, Ariz. — Even after the worst loss ever in the Match Play Championship quarterfinals, Matt Kuchar found time for some humor.
He struggled Saturday with his belly putter, losing 6 and 5 to Hunter Mahan.
Approached behind the 13th green for an interview, Kuchar looked into the camera and, smiling broadly, said: “I’d feel better if I could punch Faldo flat on the back of the neck.” As the interview ended, Kuchar leaned toward the camera, and said: “Sorry Nick.”
Nick Faldo, the six-time major champion and television analyst, was critical of putters that are anchored to the body during a roundtable discussion Friday night on Golf Channel. Faldo wasn’t working the tournament telecast Saturday.
After the interview, still grinning, Kuchar said his putting woes were reason not to ban the belly putter. “I probably made a case to not outlaw it,” he said.
DOUBLE DUTY: The semifinal matches will be played this morning, followed by the 18-hole championship and third-place matches in the afternoon.
Lee Westwood, set to face Rory McIlory in one of the semifinals, bristled at the suggestion that it would be draining to play two rounds in a day.
“I invest a lot of energy, but you can see what a physically fine-tuned specimen I am now,” said Westwood, who beat Martin Laird.
“I think I’d like to think I’m quite capable of playing two more rounds of golf, hopefully.”
SHORT WORK: Mark Wilson, who takes on Mahan in one semifinal today, has yet to play the 17th or 18th holes.