The world’s greatest gamers are sure for Austin, Texas, for a novel cease on the lads’s skilled golf schedule.
Austin Country Club performs host to the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play as soon as once more this week. With the top-12 gamers within the Golfweek/Sagarin men’s ranking, in addition to 64 of the highest 69 within the Official World Golf Ranking set to compete, there are some matches that stand out among the many relaxation.
On Wednesday alone a handful of European-dominated matches to look at embrace a pair pairs of Ryder Cup stalwarts squaring off, in addition to two of the European Tour’s Angry Golfers.
Check out the highest 5 opening day matches in Austin.
Seeing McIlroy and Poulter play in opposition to one another might be bizarre for many golf followers. Over three competitions, the pair are 2-1-1 when paired collectively on the Ryder Cup. Most lately in 2018 they defeated Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4&2 within the afternoon foursomes on Friday and misplaced to Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth 4&3 the next afternoon. McIlroy is in the hunt for his fourth WGC title having beforehand gained the 2014 Bridgestone Invitational, 2015 Match Play and 2019 HSBC Champions. Poulter is enjoying for his third WGC title following wins in 2010 on the Match Play and 2012 on the HSBC Champions.
Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter wait for his or her flip to putt throughout day two of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. (Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Patrick Reed vs. Bubba Watson – 12:20 p.m.
Reed and Watson appears like a nasty buddy-cop film, however the Americans each have two WGC wins, in addition to a little bit of historical past in WGC occasions. At the 2014 Cadillac Championship, Reed gained by one stroke over Watson and Jamie Donaldson.
Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson stroll to the scoring trailer through the second spherical of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club. (Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Justin Thomas vs. Matt Kuchar – 1:04 p.m.
Kuchar is not any stranger to match-play success along with his win on the 2013 occasion, whereas Thomas is searching for his third WGC title after claiming the 2018 Bridgestone Invitational and the renamed FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2020.
Matt Kuchar appears to be like over the shoulder of Justin Thomas on the first tee field through the ultimate spherical of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
Tyrrell Hatton vs. Matt Wallace – 3:16 p.m.
Two of the celebrities of the European Tour’s “Angry Golfers” video. What extra are you able to ask for? https://twitter.com/EuropeanTour/status/1352647214762487809
Lee Westwood vs. Sergio Garcia – 3:27 p.m.
Westwood, 47, logged consecutive runner-up finishes before running out of gas final week on the Honda Classic. In 61 WGC appearances, Westwood has 11 top-10 finishes. Garcia, additionally in 61 WGC’s, has earned 20 prime 10s. The 41-year-old lately completed T-9 on the Players Championship. Garcia will cross Tiger Woods because the chief in all-time matches performed on the Match Play. Woods has 48, Garcia begins Wednesday at 46 and can play at the least thrice this week. Of notice: Ian Poulter has performed 45 matches.
Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood stroll up the 18th fairway collectively through the first spherical for the 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews – Old Course. (Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)