The world’s greatest gamers are all in Austin, Texas, for a singular cease on the boys’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 every day that stand out among the many relaxation.
Thursday’s slate contains a bout between former Cal Bear stars and winners on Tour this yr, two tantrum-prone gamers squaring off in addition to the defending champion in opposition to one of many hottest gamers within the sport.
Check out these seven second-day matches in Austin.
Joaquin Niemann vs. Bubba Watson
Niemann makes his Match Play debut this week in Austin, incomes half some extent with a tie in opposition to Christiaan Bezuidenhout on Wednesday. What’s his reward for a hard-fought match? A gathering with Bubba Watson, the two-time WGC champion on the 2014 HSBC Champions and 2018 Match Play.
Joaquin Niemann traces up a putt on the sixth inexperienced in his match in opposition to Christiaan Bezuidenhout in the course of the first spherical of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 24, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Matthew Wolff vs. Jordan Spieth
Does this one even want explaining? Spieth is on a tear this season, with three top-five finishes in his final 5 begins. Wolff has been battling an harm, however the winner of the 2019 3M Open and nonetheless defending NCAA champion beat Corey Conners 3 and 1 on Wednesday.
Jordan Spieth watches his shot in the course of the first day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. (Photo: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports)
Justin Thomas vs. Kevin Kisner
The Match Play defending champion from 2019, Kisner took care of Louis Oosthuizen 2 and &1 within the opening spherical, whereas Thomas, latest winner of the Players Championship, misplaced 3 and a pair of to Matt Kuchar.
Justin Thomas catches a ball from his caddie on the fifth gap throughout a primary spherical match on the Dell Technologies Match Play Championship on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tony Finau vs. Will Zalatoris
Tony Finau introduced his presence with authority on Wednesday, rolling Dylan Frittelli 6 and 5 to set the tone for Group 12. Zalatoris has carried out properly all season, making 12 cuts in 13 occasions, with 10 top-25 finishes, 5 inside the highest 10. Showtime.
Will Zalatoris performs a shot from a bunker on the second gap in the course of the third spherical of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Collin Morikawa vs. Max Homa
Last month Max Homa gained the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. The subsequent week, Collin Morikawa adopted swimsuit on the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession. Separated by just some years, each had been standout gamers for the Cal Bears. Homa gained the person title on the 2013 NCAA Championship for the Bears, whereas Morikawa gained six instances throughout his time at Cal, together with the 2019 Pac-12 Championship.
Collin Morikawa hits his tee shot in the course of the first day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. (Photo: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports)
Tyrrell Hatton vs. Sergio Garcia
The European Ryder Cup teammates each have thrown their fair proportion of mood tantrums on the course, and with the unpredictability of Match Play, who is aware of what might occur. Garcia, who just lately completed T-9 on the Players Championship, has earned 20 high 10s in 61 WGC appearances. In three earlier WGC Match Play appearances, Hatton has completed T-17, in addition to consecutive top-10 finishes in 2018 and 2019.
Tyrrell Hatton and Sergio Garcia signal autographs throughout a Ryder Cup apply spherical at Le Golf National. (Photo: Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports)
Xander Schauffele vs. Jason Day
The top-seed in Group 6 and winner of the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions, Schauffele tied Andy Sullivan on Wednesday, making his bout with two-time Match Play winner Jason Day (2014 and 2016) all of the extra necessary. Scottie Scheffler defeated Day 2 up on Wednesday.
Xander Schauffele hits his tee shot on the ninth gap in the course of the first spherical of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)