WGC Match Play: Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy lose, but Robert MacIntyre ends day one with a win | Golf news


Dream debut for Antoine Rozner as he upset Bryson DeChambeau in his WGC Match Play debut, while Robert MacIntyre beat the Eagle twice in four holes to beat Kevin Na. Watch Day 2 action live on Sky Sports Golf starting at 2:15 p.m.

Last updated: 03/24/21 23:45 pm

Antoine Rozner Shocker Bryson DeChambeau at day one

Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas suffered surprise losses on an eventful first day of WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, which started with Rory McIlroy crushed by Ian Poulter.

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World No.1 Dustin Johnson and No.3 Jon Rahm both opened with wins at Austin Country Club in Texas, while Poulter was one of only two British players to win the first wave of matches in the round robin, the second to come in the last game of the day Robert MacIntyre produced an outstanding finish to beat Kevin Na.

McIlroy’s high-profile swing issues, which prompted him to start working with new coach Pete Cowen this week, were again evident in the tournament opener, with the 2015 champion slumping to a 6 loss. and 5 against Poulter.

The Englishman climbed three after just five holes, with McIlroy shooting his disc in the fifth out of bounds and into a pool in the backyard of a neighboring property, and although McIlroy fought back in the sixth and eighth, Poulter won the next five holes to close a victory he said was “flattering.”

Rahm held off Sebastian Munoz in a narrow 1-up win, while Patrick Reed cut his first game in half against Bubba Watson before Jordan Spieth dealt with Matt Fitzpatrick 3 & 1.

Justin Thomas was in bad shape against Matt Kuchar

Justin Thomas was in bad shape against Matt Kuchar

Players’ champion Thomas, drawn in Group 2 with defending champion Kevin Kisner and 2019 runner-up Matt Kuchar, found himself five points on the turn against the latter and, despite improving on the back nine, he couldn’t avoid a 3 & 2 loss.

Antoine Rozner then celebrated his Match Play debut with an impressive victory over DeChambeau, who had three points with six remaining before rallying down the home stretch, reducing the deficit to one hole with wins in the 13th and 16th.

But the Frenchman, who landed a 60-foot bird putt to clinch the Qatar Masters title earlier this month, held his cool to halve the 17th on par before a delicious go-and-go. comes for birdie in the last 2 v win.

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Hole-to-hole highlights from Ian Poulter’s convincing victory over Rory McIlroy in the WGC-Dell Technologies Play match.

Hole-to-hole highlights from Ian Poulter’s convincing victory over Rory McIlroy in the WGC-Dell Technologies Play match.

“I am very happy,” Rozner said. “I was trying to get a good score today. I was just trying to do a solid round of golf, and I think I did it pretty well, especially on the forehead. three after 12 holes, I think it was a pretty good lead.

“I was excited because this is my first WGC. It’s match play, and I haven’t played match play for a long time, so I think I was more excited than curious. very fun It’s nice to play again in front of people here because in Europe we don’t have any people yet so it was great fun.

“And the simple fact of being able to beat the world n ° 5, it’s not every day that I can play in match play against the world n ° 5 in a tournament. I won the French Amateur consecutively, I played the Palmer Cup as an amateur. and won all four of my matches there, so I have a pretty good track record in match play as an amateur, but this is my first match play event as a pro. “

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Jordan Spieth was aiming to drive the green to the 13th in his WGC Match Play clash with Matt Fitzpatrick, but he actually found the 15th green … just like Patrick Cantlay put it!

Jordan Spieth was aiming to drive the green to the 13th in his WGC Match Play clash with Matt Fitzpatrick, but he actually found the 15th green … just like Patrick Cantlay put it!

Tommy Fleetwood hit a 10-foot bird putt on the final green to snatch a half against Si Woo Kim in the other Group 5 encounter, but there were no England wins in Group 8 despite three English in this group!

Matt Wallace took a yard stick to set up the birdie at 18 he needed to match his clash with Tyrrell Hatton, while Lee Westwood still showed signs of fatigue as he slumped down to a 4 loss. and 2 against a longtime friend and the Ryder Cup team. mate Sergio Garcia, who now resides in the area and has the convenience of home comfort this week.

“I always felt that I had great support all over the world and across the country,” said the Spaniard. “I definitely feel it a bit more here, now that we’re spending a bit more time. We’ve made a lot of great friends here in Austin. It’s a great city, and it’s nice to go and see. play. well, not just for me but for them. “

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre made two late Eagles to beat Kevin Na

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre made two late Eagles to beat Kevin Na

Johnson took the distance in his match against Adam Long, while the final match on Day 1 produced late drama as MacIntyre beat Na with a remarkable streak in the final five holes.

One down after running a bogey-six in the 12th, the young Scotsman played for the eagle in the 13th, birdieed the next to go forward for the first time, then ran away from a bunker at the edge of the greens to card another eagle long 16th before a solid par on the penultimate hole capped a 2-1 victory.

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“I have to say it was one of the best games I’ve been to,” MacIntyre said. “We were both playing really well, we weren’t giving an advantage. I did a decent shot on 12 and it went into the water, then just the last five holes we both started going crazy.

“I stepped in when he hit him tight, and it kind of fed into that. Confidence was there in my game all day, and I just kept committing just on the shot, and that paid off at the end. “



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