Rory McIlroy discovered himself shortly taking up water Wednesday morning at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play occasion in Austin, Texas.
The four-time main champion’s tee shot on the fifth gap sailed huge left at Austin Country Club, bounded off the cart path and bounced over a fence earlier than resting in a close-by swimming pool. He finally went 3 down after 5 holes and dropped a 6-and-5 resolution to England’s Ian Poulter.
“I got 3 up in that match early,” Poulter mentioned, per the Golf Channel. “So being in that position against Rory, you kind of don’t want to let him back in the match because if he gets any kind of flow, he’s going to be a really tough opponent to shrug off.”
McIlroy declined to talk with the media after his spherical.
McIlroy, 31, has plummeted from No. 1 to No. 11 within the official world golf rankings. The Northern Ireland native revealed on Monday that he’s working with swing teacher Pete Cowen as he makes an attempt to get his recreation again on monitor forward of the upcoming Masters.
McIlroy is scheduled for a Round 2 assembly with American Lanto Griffin, who dropped a 1-down resolution to Australian Cameron Smith in one other Group 11 match.
Trailing by two with three holes to play, Smith birdied the sixteenth gap and benefited from a errant tee shot by Griffin on 17 earlier than profitable with a par on 18.
Also on Wednesday, Matt Kuchar made six birdies on the entrance 9 to go 5 up on second-seeded Justin Thomas, then held on for a 3-up victory in Group 2.
“I’m not sure that many people have been picking me this week and certainly after the last few weeks, I mean, there’s no chance you would pick me,” Kuchar mentioned. “But big thanks to (instructor) Chris O’Connell, we have been working hard the last kind of month or two and continue refining being continue tweaking and kind of stayed the course and thankfully things kind of came together the last few days.”
Top-seeded Dustin Johnson birdied the ultimate gap to shut out a 2-up win over Adam Long in Group 1.
Third-seeded Jon Rahm of Spain took the lead over Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz on the sixteenth gap and emerged with a 1-up win in Group 3.
Fourth-seeded Collin Morikawa completed stage with J.T. Poston, who gained the tie with an 18th-hole birdie in Group 4.
Fifth-seeded Bryson DeChambeau led almost begin to end in a 2-up win over France’s Antoine Rozner in Group 5.
Sixth-seeded Xander Schauffele benefited from birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 16 earlier than selecting up a half level for a tie after England’s Andy Sullivan was unable to sink a brief putt on No. 17. Scottie Scheffler posted a 2-up win over Australian Jason Day within the different match in Group 6 play.
Daniel Berger, the 14th seed, confirmed no unwell results of a current rib harm whereas competing in Group 14 play. He recorded 5 birdies on the entrance 9 en path to posting a 6-and-4 resolution over Erik van Rooyen of South Africa.
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