Downplaying ‘Tiger Tamer’ title, Bjerregaard is on to match play semis

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lucas Bjerregaard arrived at Austin Country Club this week without much attention or fanfare. He’s leaving with a new nickname— the ‘Tiger Tamer”.

Bjerregaard, who was given the nickname by his press conference moderator Saturday, went shot for shot with Tiger Woods in the quarterfinal round of the Dell Technologies Match Play and he walked away with a 1 Up win.

The Danish golfer didn’t endorse the nickname, but he did enjoy playing the role against Woods at Austin Country Club.

“It was an incredible experience for me to play with him and see what he plays in front of every day. I tried to enjoy it cause I knew it was gonna be crazy and I’ve heard the stories from top players that when you play with him, it’s different than anything. It definitely was,” Bjerregaard said. “I actually tried to take it in and not try to close it out and that worked pretty well. I enjoyed all the yelling and stuff.”

Bjerregaard just hung around. Every time Woods was close to pulling away, Bjerregaard made a shot to stay close. He tied the match with a birdie at 16 and watched as Woods missed a short par putt at 18 for the victory.

Bjerregaard plays mostly on the European Tour and is just beginning to make noise in the United States. He could earn his first World Golf Championship with two more match victories Sunday. Another veteran match play player is up next in Matt Kuchar. Kuchar defeated Sergio Garcia in the quarterfinals.

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