Bad day at the office for SA 4 at WGC-Match Play

    2018-03-22 10:57

    Cape Town - There wasn't much to celebrate for the four South African golfers who qualified for the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play Championship after Wednesday's opening day matches.

    ODDS: WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

    Only Louis Oosthuizen, seeded 25th, emerged victorious when he beat American Jason Dufner, the 42nd seed, 1-up, in their Group 8 match. In his second group match on Thursday, Oosthuizen will face another American, James Hahn, who was a first round loser against Australia's Jason Day, 4&2.

    Charl Schwartzel, the 49th seed this week, went down 2&1 to American fourth-seed, Jordan Spieth. Schwartzel faces a must-win clash against yet another American in the shape of Patrick Reed, the 19th seed, who beat China's Li Hao Tong 3&2, in his second round match.

    Dylan Frittelli, the 41st seed, lost 1-down to American youngster Xander Schauffele, the 20th seed. Frittelli too faces a must-win Thursday clash against Spain's Sergio Garcia, who beat India's Shubhankar Sharma 1-up in his opener.

    Finally, Branden Grace, the 23rd seed, was on the receiving end of a 5&3 battering at the hands of a rampant 35th-seeded American Bubba Watson. Grace too faces a must-win second round match against little-known American Julian Suri, the 64th and final player to make the field, who shocked Australia's Marc Leishman, the 11th seed, 3&2 in their opener.

    Results from Wednesday's opening group-stage matches at the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play Championship at Austin, Texas (x denotes seed):

    Group 1

    Bernd Wiesberger (AUT x52) bt Dustin Johnson (USA x1) 3 & 1

    Kevin Kisner (USA x32) and Adam Hadwin (CAN x38) halved

    Group 2

    Justin Thomas (USA x2) bt Luke List (USA x60) 2 up

    Francesco Molinari (ITA x21) bt Patton Kizzire (USA x48) 3 & 1

    Group 3

    Jon Rahm (ESP x3) and Keegan Bradley (USA x63) halved

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA x28) bt Chez Reavie (USA x43) 3 & 2

    Group 4

    Jordan Spieth (USA x4) bt Charl Schwartzel (RSA x49) 2 & 1

    Patrick Reed (USA x19) bt Li Hao Tong (CHN x34) 3 & 2

    Group 5

    Hideki Matsuyama (JPN x5) bt Yusaku Miyazato (JPN x53) 2 and 1

    Cameron Smith (AUS x46) bt Patrick Cantlay (USA x30) 2 up

    Group 6

    Peter Uihlein (USA x57) bt Rory McIlroy (NIR x6) 2 & 1

    Brian Harman (USA x18) and Jhonattan Vegas (VEN x44) halved

    Group 7

    Sergio Garcia (ESP x7) bt Shubhankar Sharma (IND x62) 1 up

    Xander Schauffele (USA x20) bt Dylan Frittelli (RSA x41) 1 up

    Group 8

    Jason Day (AUS x8) bt James Hahn (USA x56) 4 & 2

    Louis Oosthuizen (RSA x25) bt Jason Dufner (USA x42) 1 up

    Group 9

    Kevin Chappell (USA x33) bt Daniel Berger (USA x26) 3 & 2

    Ian Poulter (ENG x58) bt Tommy Fleetwood (ENG x9) 3 & 2

    Group 10

    Paul Casey (ENG x10) bt Russell Henley (USA x51) 1 up

    Kyle Stanley (USA x45) bt Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG x31) 1 up

    Group 11

    Julian Suri (USA x64) bt Marc Leishman (AUS x11) 3 & 2

    Bubba Watson (USA x35) bt Branden Grace (RSA x23) 5 & 3

    Group 12

    Brendan Steele (USA x36) bt Charley Hoffman (USA x22) 1 up

    Tyrrell Hatton (ENG x12) bt Alexander Levy (FRA x55) 3 & 2

    Group 13

    Alex Noren (SWE x13) bt Kevin Na (USA x61) 4 & 2

    Tony Finau (USA x29) bt Thomas Pieters (BEL x39) 2 & 1

    Group 14

    Charles Howell (USA x59) bt Phil Mickelson (USA x14) 3 & 2

    Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP x17) bt Satoshi Kodaira (JPN x40) 2 & 1

    Group 15

    Gary Woodland (USA x24) and Webb Simpson (USA x37) halved

    Pat Perez (USA x15) and Kim Si-Woo (KOR x50) halved

    Group 16

    Yuta Ikeda (JPN x47) bt Ross Fisher (ENG x27) 2 & 1

    Matt Kuchar (USA x16) and Zach Johnson (USA x54) halved

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