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Skittles in Austin? Ryan Palmer, Jon Rahm in same group at WGC Match Play

AUSTIN, Texas – There is one pool play match up that feels rather less random than the others at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

“It’s going to be interesting, I don’t think this [grouping] was an accident,” Ryan Palmer smiled Tuesday at Austin Country Club.

Palmer is in the same pod as world No. 3 Jon Rahm, who he teamed with to win the 2019 Zurich Classic. The two are scheduled to play on Day 3 to doubtless decide who from the group advances to the weekend.

“We’re all close friends, we’re playing Zurich again, but it will be interesting to see where we both stand on Friday,” Palmer mentioned. “It could mean something or not, we don’t know. It will be a match I know I will have to play great to beat him.”

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Palmer mentioned Rahm doesn’t have any weaknesses in his recreation, however he discovered in ’19 in New Orleans that it’s the Spaniard’s brief recreation that makes him such a harmful match-play opponent.

“He’s never going to be out of the hole. His short game is probably top 3, easy. Playing with him in New Orleans I saw firsthand how good his wedge game is, his shots around the green,” Palmer mentioned. “He gets upset on the golf course but he’s quick to come back from it. He wears it on the sleeve, but that’s what makes him so good.”

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