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Shane Lowry exchanged heavy blows with World No. 10 Sergio Garcia, escaping with a halved match during the opening round of group play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Irishman arrived with a less-than-stellar career match play record, just 5-10-1 heading into the week (3-5-1 at the WGC-Match Play). The clear highlight was a first-round upset of Rory McIlroy back at the 2013 edition of this event. Lowry traded two birdies with two bogeys on the front nine today, finding himself with a 1-up lead at the turn. The Irishman would maintain control of the match all the way up to the closing par 4. After Garcia secured his par, Lowry stood over a 5'7" putt to halve the hole (and win the match). Instead, the Irishman knocked it by the cup to end the match all square, giving each golfer half a point for their efforts. Lowry will take on Jon Rahm in round two, tomorrow.
Mar 22 - 8:07 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello continued his love affair with Austin Country Club, beating Jeunghun Wang 4-and-3 during round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Spaniard went 5-1-1 last year en route to a third-place finish at this event, on the same course. He has a new trio of opponents this year, but the results remain the same. RCB took an early lead today when his opponent, Wang, found trouble on approach at the par-4 second hole, leading to a concession of the hole. Cabrera Bello only carded two birdies in today's match, but he played as well as he needed to. While today's victory increased his record at Austin CC to 6-1-1, the Spaniard will need to tidy things up if he wants to win his second round match against Charles Howell III.
Mar 22 - 7:55 PM

Fresh off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Marc Leishman took care of business in round one of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, walking away with a 3-and-2 win over Lee Westwood.

Leishman drew first blood in this match, circling a birdie at the short, par-4 first. He lost two holes throughout the match, but never trailed in this one. The highlight of the round came at the par-4 15th where Leishman sank a 14'1" birdie to reach 3-up on the match and a par at 16 sealed the deal. Today's match was a rematch of last year's group stage when Westwood walked away with a 1-up win. Leishman got his revenge today and will now turn his attention to Pat Perez in Round 2. With Jason Day withdrawing from the event, Leishman could secure a spot in the Round of 16 if he knocks off Perez tomorrow.
Mar 22 - 7:03 PM

Phil Mickelson opened the 2017 World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play by dispatching tournament debutant Si Woo Kim 5-and-3 at Austin Country Club.

Mickelson entered the week having never made the semi-final stage of this tournament in 12 appearances and in truth he did little Wednesday to suggest he’ll break that trend this week, given that he was handed many holes by his inexperienced rival. Indeed, Mickelson reached the fifth tee 1-over-par and yet two holes to the good, a consequence of Kim making double bogey at 2 and bogey at 3. A two-putt birdie at the par-5 6th stretched Mickelson’s advantage and a 12’9" birdie at the next gave him a lead of 4-up. Kim’s 10’6" par breaker at 11 claimed a hole back, but Mickelson’s 95-yard approach to the 13th was conceded for birdie and the hole. From that point it was only a matter of time and the end came with a beautiful 95-yard pitch from the winner to 2’9" for birdie. Elsewhere in the group Daniel Berger thumped J.B. Holmes 7&5. Mickelson will take on Holmes in round two, Kim faces Berger.
Mar 22 - 6:14 PM

World No. 82 Graeme McDowell is at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for his debut in the Puerto Rico Open.

The 37-year-old may be getting his first look at the 7,506-yard par-72 layout but he's a pre-tourney co-fave (outright) at 16/1 with TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan. His most recent (of three) TOUR victories came at the 2016 OHL Classic, two Novembers ago, where he was the 36-hole leader but had to come from three back in the final round (with 5-under 66), eventually prevailing in a 3-man playoff. The long-time Orlando resident posted a T28 last week as a co-host at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and overall, is 5-for-6 on the season with three top 25s, checking in at 99th in the FedExCup standings. His season best is a pair of T14s in back-to-back starts at the Valspar and Honda Classic.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 22 - 6:14 PM

Daniel Berger dismantled J.B. Holmes 7-and-5 during the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.

Berger started the round with birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey but his playing opponent failed to capitalize on the bogeys, as Berger escaped the four-hole stretch with a 1-up lead. From there, he stepped on the gas with a birdie at the fifth and a dazzling hole-out eagle at the par-5 sixth (47'10"). He never looked back from there. In last year's edition, Berger lost close matches with Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson before conceding his final match after injuring his wrist. Tomorrow, the Florida State product will get a second crack at Phil Mickelson.
Mar 22 - 6:13 PM

Kevin Na led from start to finish en route to a 5-and-4 victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick in round one of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Englishman, Fitzpatrick, looked a bit loose out of the gates, swallowing bogeys in two of the opening three holes to find himself 2-down early. Na took advantage of the early lead which allowed him to play a bit more aggressive. He rattled off a birdie at the par-4 fifth, an eagle at the par-5 sixth, and another birdie at the par-3 seventh. The eagle came as a result of good tee-to-green play as he splashed it home from just 9'10". Na's round was good enough to stay competitive in most matches today, but Fitzpatrick didn't have his best stuff today, which allowed Na to run away with this one. Up next, Na will take on Justin Thomas in Round 2.
Mar 22 - 5:56 PM

Web.com Tour grad and World No. 653 Brett Drewitt readies for his tournament debut at this week's Puerto Rico Open and arrives at 175th in the FedExCup standings.

The PGA TOUR rookie began 2016-17 33rd in the WCT Priority Ranking and is 30th following the second reshuffle of the season (post-Genesis Open) with 38 FEC points. He's 3-for-7 so far in his TOUR career with a best of T33 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, checking in off a missed cut (by five) in his last start at The Honda Classic as an open-qualifier (72-73). The Aussie, who lives in Dallas, played each of the prior two seasons on the junior circuit and has three top 10s in 44 career events with a best of T2 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am last May.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 22 - 5:50 PM

The lowest ranked player in the field – world number 70 K.T. Kim – trounced reigning Masters champion and 11th seed Danny Willett 4-and-2 in round one of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies World Match Play.

The Korean entered the week with a championship record of 0-2 and he hadn’t been seen in action since the 2012 renewal, but he was never down to the Englishman, whose pre-Green Jacket defense woes continue. Moreover, early in the tie Willett handed the initiative away with back-to-back bogeys at 1 and 2. A birdie-3 from 37’8" at the 3rd atoned somewhat, but Kim dropped a 4’6" par breaker of his own at 4 to regain the 2-up advantage. He dropped another from 13’7" at 7 before the pair swapped holes at 9 and 10 with failures to make par. Willett’s 83-yard approach at 13 finished at kick-in range, but yet another bogey at 15 left him chasing shadows and his failure to make birdie at the par-5 16th caused him to lift the white flag. Willett will take on Bill Haas in the second round, Kim transfers his attention to Russell Knox.
Mar 22 - 5:42 PM

World No. 46 Martin Kaymer came away victorious in round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, walking away with a 3-and-2 win over Jimmy Walker.

The German was 1-over thru 4 but still carried a 1-up lead until Walker birdied the par-4 fifth hole. Kaymer responded with a birdie of his own at the 6th to reclaim the lead. After the turn, the two-time major champion turned on the gas, circling birdies in five of the first seven holes on the homeward nine. Walker had no answer for the birdie barrage. Kaymer's career singles record improves to 22-17-0 with this win, which includes a runner-up finish at this event in 2011. The German will have his hands full tomorrow as he is set to face World No. 1 Dustin Johnson in Round 2.
Mar 22 - 5:35 PM

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson breezed through Austin Country Club en route to his 5-and-3 victory over Webb Simpson in round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

DJ set the tone early by splashing home birdie putts from 25'6" and 22'3" on the opening two holes. Johnson didn't settle for the early lead, as he circled birdies at 7 and 8 as well as the 12th, without dropping a single shot. The only way Simpson was remaining in the match was via birdies at the par-3 11th and par-4 13th. In the end, the World No. 1 played exactly how you'd expect him to. The big hitter lost in the Quarterfinals here last year, and he looks to be a tough out again this year. Up next for the big hitter is a Friday matchup against Martin Kaymer.
Mar 22 - 5:16 PM

World No. 570 Hunter Mahan arrives at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for his Puerto Rico Open debut.

The 34-year-old is in his 14th season on TOUR and making his 363rd career start. He's a 6-time winner, most recently at the 2014 Barclays, and is playing his last season of fully exempt status from his win at the 2012 WGC-Match Play, which is this week's main event. The Dallas resident is 3-for-10 so far in 2016-17 with three finishes outside the top 50 and checks in at 197th in the FedExCup standings. He ranks 198th on TOUR in birdie average (2.93) and 190th in scoring average (72.787).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 22 - 5:11 PM

The 2016 World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies World Match Play winner Jason Day withdrew from his round one match against Pat Perez, distressed by the news of his mother's cancer diagnosis.

The Australian golfer left the course after six holes before explaining to the media, during an emotional press conference: "My mom has lung cancer. She's going in for surgery Friday. Hard to comprehend being on the golf course. I just need some time away with her." He elaborated that he'll miss the rest of the competition to be with his family.
Mar 22 - 5:10 PM

Past champ and World No. 519 Chesson Hadley arrives at Coco Beach Golf & CC for his fourth Puerto Rico Open.

Playing this season on Past Champion status, the 29-year-old is making his first start of the calendar year and third overall. He's 1-for-2 with a T45 at The RSM Classic back in November, where he was solo 5th thru 54 holes (65-66-67), closing in 7-over 77. The North Carolina native and resident's lone TOUR title (in 90 career events) came on debut here in 2014 as a TOUR rookie in his 13th career start. He won that as 54-hole leader in a tournament record 21-under 267 (68-65-67-67), and chased with T16/2015 and a missed cut last year (by one) on rounds of 69-75.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 22 - 4:43 PM

Jim Furyk overcame a seeding deficit of 47 to scrag fourth seed Hideki Matsuyama and claim a half point in round one of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.

Through 35 career matches in the tournament Furyk had won 18 and lost 17 so the notion of him being a 50-50 golfer has some validation and he backed that up Wednesday. The two golfers traded early par breakers at 1 and 2 - Matsuyama from 28’7" then Furyk from 20’8". Furyk ceded the 4th to a birdie, but made one of his own at the 6th to resume equality. Around the turn the see-sawing continued: a Matsuyama kick-in red at 9, ditto Furyk at 10. From there on in, however, they mirrored one another, sharing birdie-4s at the 12th, bogey-5s at the 14th and pars elsewhere. Matsuyama (now 6-3-1) faces round one loser Ross Fisher next up, Furyk must encounter the in-form Louis Oosthuizen.
Mar 22 - 4:35 PM



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