The bracket is ready, and the matches are underway. Here’s a glance at how the drama unfolded throughout the second day at Austin Country Club, the place all 64 gamers teed it up within the second of three group-stage matches. Click here for the Day 1 match recaps.
Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Robert MacIntyre (41), tied: The world No. 1 was 2 down by means of 15 holes, however eagled the par-5 sixteenth and birdied the par-3 seventeenth to attract even. Both males parred the quick 18th to enter the ultimate day with 1.5 factors every.
Adam Long (61) def. Kevin Na (28), 2 and 1: Na did not rating a circle on his card till he eagled the par-5 sixteenth. By then, it was too late. Long constructed a 4-up lead and held on to maintain Na winless this week.
Kevin Kisner (34) def. Justin Thomas (2), 2 and 1: Thomas, the newly minted Players champion, made it attention-grabbing late, as he was 4 down with eight to play however trimmed the deficit to only one gap. But he didn’t birdie the par-5 sixteenth after which three-putted from 30 toes on the seventeenth gap to drop to 0-2 and successfully be eradicated from the competitors, even when he’ll must play Friday. Kisner, in the meantime, improved to 2-0 this week in his title protection and 16-5-1 total on this occasion.
Matt Kuchar (52) def. Louis Oosthuizen, 1 up: Kuchar improved to 2-0 this week after successful Nos. 13 and 14 and holding off Oosthiuzen. It’s been a shocking turnaround for Kuchar, who had solely two top-10s up to now 13 months however noticed promising indicators after per week’s value of labor with swing coach Chris O’Connell. That arrange a winner-take-all Friday match towards Kisner – a rematch of the 2019 closing, gained by Kisner.
Jon Rahm (3) def. Shane Lowry (38), 2 up: Rahm withstood a late Lowry flurry to stay unbeaten. The Open champion birdied Nos. 13, 14, 16 and 17 to tug 1 down, however Rahm clinched it with a concession at the final.
Ryan Palmer (24) def. Sebastian Munoz (56), 2 and 1: Palmer and Rahm teamed to win the Zurich Classic in 2019 and now they are going to sq. off to see who advances to the weekend at this occasion. Both males are 2-0-0 and can battle in Friday’s pool-play finale.
Max Homa (35) def. Collin Morikawa (4), 2 and 1: Despite a scrappy begin to the match, Homa made three birdies in a five-hole span on the again 9 to knock off his fellow Cal alum. On 17, Morikawa, among the best iron gamers on the planet, pulled his tee shot on the quick par 3 and spun his ball again off the left edge and into the penalty space, sealing the match.
J.T. Poston (63) def. Billy Horschel (32), 4 and 2: Poston, the second-lowest seeded participant within the discipline, by no means trailed in his match regardless of taking part in the 16 holes in 1 over par. With 1 ½ factors, he’s in the perfect place on this pod to advance.
Bryson DeChambeau (5) def. Si Woo Kim (45), 2 and 1: Coming again from a stunning Day 1 loss, DeChambeau was wild on Thursday – seven birdies, 4 bogeys and a double. That volatility was nonetheless sufficient to flip a late deficit to Kim, as he gained the 14th with a birdie to tie the match after which rolled from there, successful the match when Kim’s tee shot on 17 discovered the penalty space.
Tommy Fleetwood (21) def. Antoine Rozner (58), 4 and three: Rozner, the relative unknown from France who was a late addition to the sphere, crashed again to actuality after his stunning opening victory over DeChambeau. Rozner made 5 bogeys and Fleetwood was in a position to cruise to victory even with out his greatest stuff.
Xander Schauffele (6) def. Jason Day (44), 2 and 1: Schauffele and Day mixed for 3 double bogeys over their first eight holes and had been tied by means of 15 holes. But it was Schauffele who lastly caught hearth with birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to win the match.
Scottie Scheffler (30) vs. Andy Sullivan (57), tied: Scheffler had a double bogey and a triple bogey and nonetheless led, 2 up by means of 16. Sullivan, nevertheless, gained the seventeenth with a birdie and the 18th when Scheffler dropped one closing shot.
Patrick Reed (7) def. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (33), 2 and 1: After a gap halve, Reed led from the leap, making birdie on 4 of the primary eight holes and by no means giving the South African a lot of an opportunity. On the again 9, he by no means led by fewer than two holes.
Joaquin Niemann (26) vs. Bubba Watson (55), tied: Three down with 5 to play, Watson, the 2018 champion, rallied with three birdies over the closing stretch, together with a 7-footer on the final to eke out a half level for the second consecutive day. Niemann bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15 to open the door for Watson. Both gamers are nonetheless alive in poo play however will need assistance from Reed on Friday.
Sergio Garcia (39) def. Tyrrell Hatton (8), 3 and 2: The Spaniard led for all however one gap Thursday, taking part in his first 13 holes in 4 below par to bury the eighth-ranked participant on the earth. Garcia put an exclamation level on his victory with a tee shot to 4 toes on the drivable thirteenth, despite the fact that he missed the eagle putt. Through two rounds, Garcia has been probably the most spectacular gamers within the discipline, rating second within the strokes gained: tee to inexperienced class.
Lee Westwood (18) def. Matt Wallace (51), 5 and three: In a battle of Englishman, Westwood bounced again and took full benefit of an opponent who woefully struggled on Day 2, with Wallace carding eight bogeys. Not solely does Westwood want Garcia to lose his Friday match, however he’ll have to win towards Hatton in a matchup pitting possible 2021 Ryder Cuppers.
Mackenzie Hughes (48) def. Webb Simpson (9), 4 and three: Hughes improved to 2-0, by no means trailing towards the highest seed within the pod and taking a cushty lead after successful back-to-back holes to shut out the entrance 9.
Paul Casey (17) def. Talor Gooch (59), 3 and 2: After an early loss, Casey nonetheless didn’t have his greatest stuff on Day 2, taking part in his first 10 holes in 2 over par, however he was nonetheless loads ok to oust Gooch, who misplaced Nos. 11-13 and by no means recovered. Casey remains to be alive within the pod, however he must win Friday – and get some assist from Hughes.
Patrick Cantlay (10) def. Carlos Ortiz (42), 1 up: A day after taking part in the perfect spherical of anybody within the discipline, with six birdies and an eagle, Cantlay stayed scorching towards Ortiz, racking up seven extra birdies towards only one bogey. Ortiz held his personal, making 5 birdies, and he had an opportunity to steal a half level with a 15-footer on the final, however his putt drifted left. Cantlay, now 2-0, is assured of at least a playoff Friday.
Brian Harman (54) def. Hideki Matsuyama (23), 1 up: The hard-luck loser on Day 1, Harman was stellar once more towards Matsuyama, however he nonetheless narrowly escaped with a full level after needing to make a 5-foot birdie putt on the final inexperienced. Harman gained the eleventh after Matsuyama gained the water, made a 30-footer for eagle on No. 13 after driving the inexperienced after which closed out the match with a stuffed wedge into the house gap. Matsuyama is now 0-2.
Rory McIlroy (11) def. Lanto Griffin (46), 4 and three: After hitting 11 luggage of balls following his massive Day 1 loss to Ian Poulter, McIlroy performed higher – if not glorious – on Day 2. He had 4 birdies and two bogeys and by no means trailed, cruising to a straightforward victory.
Ian Poulter (60) def. Cameron Smith (25), 1 up: Smith gained Nos. 16 and 17 to get 1 down with one to play, however Poulter matched the Aussie’s birdie at No. 18 to maneuver to 2-0-0.
Tony Finau (12) vs. Will Zalatoris (40), tied: It was an unsightly solution to earn a half level for Finau, who was 1 up with two to play however discovered the penalty space off the tee on the par-3 seventeenth. He nonetheless maintained his benefit after Zalatoris made bogey, however he squandered that edge with a drive into the suitable timber, a wedge that failed to achieve the inexperienced after which a closing bogey. The uninspiring end value Finau, the highest seed within the pod, an opportunity to advance from pool play, with only a half level by means of two rounds.
Dylan Frittelli (64) def. Jason Kokrak (29), 3 and 2: The lowest-seeded participant within the discipline, Frittelli improved to 2-0 after a back-nine rally towards Kokrak. One down by means of eight holes and 4 over par for the day, Frittelli made 4 birdies and an eagle the remainder of the best way, closing out the match with the 20-footer for eagle on 16.
Bernd Wiesberger (43) def. Viktor Hovland (13), 4 and 2: It was yet one more tough day for Hovland, the highest seed within the pod. A day after making just one birdie in an opening-round loss, Hovland made 5 bogeys and couldn’t preserve tempo with Wiesberger. At 0-2, Hovland, a pre-tournament favourite, was successfully eradicated.
Abe Ancer (27) def. Kevin Streelman (53), 2 and 1: Ancer trailed for under two holes – the primary two – on his solution to going 2-0 for the week. To safe his place within the knockout spherical, Ancer can tie his Friday match towards the highest seed Hovland, who has already been bounced.
Brendon Todd (47) def. Daniel Berger (14), 2 and 1: Todd made 4 birdies on the again 9 to tug away within the match. All 4 gamers within the group have one level, as a result of …
Erik van Rooyen (62) def. Harris English (19), 2 and 1: Van Rooyen, who misplaced, 6 and 4, to Berger on Day 1, was 5 up by means of 13 holes on Day 2. English gained the subsequent three holes in an effort to earn a tie, however could not full the duty.
Matt Fitzpatrick (15) def. Corey Conners (37), 5 and 4: After making only a single birdie throughout his opening-day loss to Spieth, Fitzpatrick made 5 birdies within the first 10 holes Thursday to construct a giant lead towards the Canadian, who was successfully eradicated following his second consecutive loss.
Matthew Wolff (20) vs. Jordan Spieth (49), tied: Spieth can be lamenting this one, as he carried a 2-up lead with two to play. That’s when he performed left of the flag on the quick seventeenth, pulling his tee shot into the rocks and finally conceding the opening. Then he failed to hold the false entrance on the 18th gap, caught an excessive amount of ball on his pitch shot and walked off with bogey – gifting Wolff the final two holes and a half level, after a match by which Wolff made 5 bogeys. Both gamers are nonetheless answerable for their destiny, nevertheless, with their 1 ½ factors main the best way within the group.
Marc Leishman (36) def. Sungjae Im (16), 2 and 1: Though tight for a lot of the match – they had been tied for 9 holes – Leishman was in a position to cling on for the total level, taking the fifteenth with a par and then the sixteenth by way of concession. Each participant within the group now has one level heading into the ultimate day of pool play.
Russell Henley (50) def. Victor Perez (31), 4 and three: After a gap loss, Henley performed mistake-free golf on Thursday, going 4 below for his 15 holes and failing to create many alternatives for Perez, the European Ryder Cup hopeful. With one level apiece for every participant within the pod, this group may be very a lot up for grabs.