Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Johnson, McIlroy lose on first day of Match Play

WGC-Dell Match Play Jon Rahm joins Dustin Johnson with early elimination Dustin Johnson's WGC-Dell Match Play elimination early on Thursday was followed by that of fellow 2017 finalist Jon Rahm later in the
Shannon Reynolds | 24 March, 2018, 10:58

Rich Beem and Nick Dougherty review day two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and look ahead to the final group fixtures.

Defending champion: Dustin Johnson. Both are 2-0.

Reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Justin Thomas (3 and 1 over Patton Kizzire) and Masters champion Sergio Garcia (2 up against Dylan Frittelli) also hold flawless records at the close of play on Thursday, with the pair edging towards the last 16. No. 63 Keegan Bradley (0-1-1) 1 Up; No. 43 Chez Reavie (1-1-0) def.

World No. 4 Jordan Spieth remained flawless with a 4 and 2 win over China's Li Haotong.

A final round of three-under 69 with four birdies against one bogey, all on the back nine, gave her a week's total of 16-under 200.

Group 7: No. 7 Sergio Garcia (2-0-0) def.

The pair have amassed an 8-1-3 record together.

Progression to the elimination stage will put Smith in the driver's seat to remain inside the world's top-50 golfers and qualify for a second career start at Augusta, with the Masters field all but finalised on Monday.

In Group 10, Kyle Stanley plays Russell Henley and the victor can get into a playoff as long as Paul Casey loses.

Marc Leishman suffered a second straight loss of the week, falling 3 and 2 to Bubba Watson.

Hamilton and Vettel in race to become five-times world champion
When the race moved from South Australia to Melbourne , the capital of Victoria, it became the opening race of the season. He is joined by Ferrari-backed Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc, who will race for Sauber .

Glasgow fire: Huge blaze hits city centre building - properties evacuated
But is has now been confirmed there is NO risk to the public from asbestos in building following a "shut your windows" warning. Assistant chief officer Lewis Ramsay said: "This is challenging - but the response of our firefighters has been outstanding".

Morkel joins 300-wicket club
More importantly, with Paine playing sentinel at the other end , he'd dragged the deficit down to something manageable. Playing in his last worldwide series, Morne Morkel joined Steyn, Donald, Ntini and Pollock in the 300-wicket club.

Justin Thomas also got a scare, mainly because his opponent had to putt with a sand wedge over the last 12 holes.

European number one Tommy Fleetwood recovered from his opening day defeat by destroying Kevin Chappell 7&6, which kind of made up for his opening day 3&2 defeat at the hands of Ian Poulter.by the biggest winning margin of the week so far. A year ago, three players lost the opening match and wound up advancing from their group.

An eagle on the sixth and a birdie from 35 feet on the ninth gave Hadwin command of the match and Johnson's hopes effectively sank when he hit two balls into the water on the short par-four 13th.

"We've nearly played every single match we've been involved in together against each other", he said.

McIlroy wasn't the only top player to go down, as world No. 1 Dustin Johnson also lost 3&1 to Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, a win made all the more impressive when factoring in that Johnson did not trail on a single hole in any of his matches during his win here previous year.

Hadwin was due to face Wiesberger yesterday, while Johnson was taking on Kevin Kisner, who still had a chance of topping the group and being among the 16 players to advance to the knockout phase.

In group four, Ryder Cup partners Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will go head-to-head on Friday to decide who progresses to the knockout stage.

Others eliminated were Jon Rahm, last year's runner-up; Zach Johnson; ex-Texas Longhorns Jhonattan Vegas and Dylan Frittelli; and Daniel Berger.

Spieth enjoyed his second straight win, but was not assured of winning his group as Patrick Reed was also 2-0-0 after beating South African Charl Schwartzel 1-up. Two of those, at the 13th and 14th holes, flipped the lead. He clinched the match when Day found the greenside bunker at 17 and could not get up-and-down to save par.

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