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Frittelli bullish ahead of WGC Match Play debut

2018-03-20 18:07
Dylan Frittelli (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Dylan Frittelli will make his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play debut this week at Austin Country Club and the South African believes he has a chance against anyone.

Frittelli was born in Johannesburg but attended the University of Texas and now lives in Austin.

Despite having never appeared in this particular WGC event and being ranked 133rd in the world this time last year, the 27-year-old is confident heading into the week.

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That positive mind-set might have something to do with the two European Tour victories he achieved in 2017 and also his familiarity with the track in Austin.

"I'm happy to play anybody," Frittelli said on Tuesday.

"Knowing the golf course, being familiar with everything and, again, being in good shape, I can take down anybody.

"Dustin's number one in the world and I'm 50th in the world, I'm not worried."

If Frittelli is to overcome the odds and win this weekend, he will first need to make it out of Group Seven which is made up of Sergio Garcia, Shubhankar Sharma and Xander Schauffele.

Thereafter, he could face any of the world's top-10 barring Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka, who are not present this week. 

Group draw:

GROUP 1: Dustin Johnson (1), Kevin Kisner (32), Adam Hadwin (38), Bernd Wiesberger (52)

GROUP 2: Justin Thomas (2), Francesco Molinari (21), Patton Kizzire (48), Luke List (60)

GROUP 3: Jon Rahm (3), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28), Chez Reavie (43), Keegan Bradley (63)

GROUP 4: Jordan Spieth (4), Patrick Reed (19), Haotong Li (34), Charl Schwartzel (49)

GROUP 5: Hideki Matsuyama (4), Patrick Cantlay (30), Cameron Smith (46), Yusaku Miyazato (53)

GROUP 6: Rory McIlroy (6), Brian Harman (18), Jhonattan Vegas (44), Peter Uihlein (57)

GROUP 7: Sergio Garcia (7), Xander Schauffele (20), Dylan Frittelli (41), Shubhankar Sharma (62)

GROUP 8: Jason Day (8), Louis Oosthuizen (25), Jason Dufner (42), James Hahn (56)

GROUP 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9), Daniel Berger (26), Kevin Chappell (33), Ian Poulter (58)

GROUP 10: Paul Casey (10), Matthew Fitzpatrick (31), Kyle Stanley (45), Russell Henley (51) 

GROUP 11: Marc Leishman (11), Branden Grace (23), Bubba Watson (35), Julian Suri (64)

GROUP 12: Tyrrell Hatton (12), Charley Hoffman (22), Brendan Steele (36), Alexander Levy (55)

GROUP 13: Alex Noren (13), Tony Finau (29), Thomas Pieters (39), Kevin Na (61)

GROUP 14: Phil Mickelson (14), Rafa Cabrera Bello (17), Satoshi Kodaira (40), Charles Howell III (59)

GROUP 15: Pat Perez (15), Gary Woodland (24), Webb Simpson (37), Si Woo Kim (50)

GROUP 16: Matt Kuchar (16), Ross Fisher (27), Yuta Ikeda (47) Zach Johnson (54)

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