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Jarryd Dillas dethroned in Bermuda Match Play Championships after spectacular collapse

There will a new champion crowned in the men’s division of the Bermuda Match Play Championships after Jarryd Dillas was spectacularly eliminated in the quarter-finals today.

Staring into the abyss: Jarryd Dillas inexplicably lost a four-hole lead with six to play and is out of the Bermuda Match Play Championships (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Dillas had a huge four-hole lead late in his match with Bryce Gorrell, who is visiting from Ohio, but squandered it and lost on the 19th.

The drama unfolded against a backdrop of a windswept Port Royal Golf Course, which was buffeted by strong southwesterlies from early in the morning.

Dillas, who sat out the strokeplay medal round on Friday and laboured in beating Spencer Wideman by one hole in the first round of match play, could hardly believe he could not put away Gorrell with a four-hole lead at the 13th hole tee box.

But Gorrell won that 13th, as well as the 15th and 17th, then drained a long putt for par at the last to force an extra hole. Momentum by now had clearly swung in the favour of Gorrell, who won the 19th hole with par to a rattled Dillas’s bogey.

Gorrell will face his brother, Matt, in the semi-final tomorrow morning, while in the other half of the draw, medallist Jevon Roberts will take on Bermuda Stroke Play champion Eric West.

In the Women’s Championship Division semi-finals, Linda Down will play Ann Symonds while Katrin Burnie meets Tracy Burgess.

In the Senior Men’s Championship, Barry Brewer takes on Zane DeSilva and Craig Christensen will play Ian Page.


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Published November 14, 2020 at 7:04 pm (Updated November 14, 2020 at 7:26 pm)

Jarryd Dillas dethroned in Bermuda Match Play Championships after spectacular collapse

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