Top Names Take Thumping at WGC-Dell Match Play

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson and caddie stand on the 10th tee box during round three of the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin CC on Mar 26, 2021 in Austin, TX. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

If you thought Thursday was a killer for your WGC-Match Play brackets, Friday was an absolute massacre. To recap: world Nos. 2, 4 and 5 – Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, and Bryson DeChambeau, respectively, were sent packing yesterday.

Today, it was world No 1 Dustin Johnson, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, and former Masters winner Patrick Reed headlining the list of box-office stars ousted in Austin.

Other top-16 seeds who’ve been eliminated include: Xander Schauffele (6), Tyrrell Hatton (8), Webb Simpson (9), Patrick Cantlay (10), Tony Finau (12), Viktor Hovland (13), Daniel Berger (14), and Sungjae Im (16).

It would actually be easier to tell you which pool A player advanced. That would be Jon Rahm (3), who required two sudden death playoff holes to beat Ryan Palmer (24).

Additionally, familiar names like former world No. 1 Jason Day, reigning British Open champion Shane Lowry, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, and Hideki Matsuyama are also out.

The Final 16 includes the not exactly household names of Dylan Frittelli (64), Eric van Rooyen (62), Kevin Streelman (53), Brian Harman (52), Mackenzie Hughes (48), Robert MacIntyre (41), and Victor Perez (31), among others.

Here’s where we stand after three days at Austin Country Club:


Group standings and records will be updated…

Group 1

1. Robert MacIntyre (41) – 2-0-1 (2.5)
2. Dustin Johnson (1) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
3. Adam Long (61) – 1-2-0 (1)
3. Kevin Na (28) – 1-2-0 (1)

First Round
Johnson (1) def. Long (61) 2-up
MacIntyre (41) def. Na (28) 2 & 1

Second Round
Johnson (1) and MacIntyre (41) tied
Adam (61) def. Na (28), 2 & 1

Final Day Matches
Na (28) def. Johnson (1) 1-up
MacIntyre (41) def. Long (61) 1-up

  • Robert MacIntyre advances with a 2-0-1 record.
  • MacIntyre will play Victor Perez (Group 16 winner)

Group 2

1. Matt Kuchar (52) – 3-0-0 (3)
2. Kevin Kisner (34) – 2-1-0 (2)
3. Justin Thomas (2) – 1-2-0 (1)
4. Louis Oosthuizen (22) – 0-3-0 (0)

First Round
Kuchar (52) def. Thomas (2) 3 & 2
Kisner (34) def. Oosthuizen (22) 2 and 1

Second Round
Kisner (34) def. Thomas (2) 2 & 1
Kuchar (54) def. Oosthuizen (22) 1-up

Final Group 2 Matches
Thomas (2) def. Oosthuizen (22) 3 & 2
Kuchar (54) def. Kisner (34) 2-up

  • Matt Kuchar advances with a 3-0-0 record.
  • Kuchar will play Jordan Spieth (Group 15 winner)

Group 3

1. Jon Rahm (3) – 2-0-1 (2.5)*
2. Ryan Palmer (24) – 2-0-1 (2.5)
3. Shane Lowry (38) – 1-2-0 (1)
4. Sebastian Munoz (56) – 0-3-0 (0)

First Round
Rahm (3) def. Munoz (56) 1-up
Palmer (24) def. Lowry (38) 4 & 2

Second Round
Rahm (3) def. Lowry (38) 2-up
Palmer (24) def. Munoz (56) 2 & 1

Final Group 3 Matches
Rahm (3) tied Palmer (24)
Lowry (24) def. Munoz (56) 3 & 2
* Rahm def. Palmer in playoff

  • Jon Rahm advances with a 2-0-1 record.
  • Rahm will play Erik van Rooyen (Group 14 winner)

Group 4

1. Billy Horschel (32) – 2-1-0 (2)*
2. Max Homa (35) – 2-1-0 (2)
3. J.T. Poston (63) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Collin Morikawa (4) – 0-2-1 (0.5)

First Round
Morikawa (4) and Poston (63) tied
Horschel (32) def. Homa (35) 1-up

Second Round
Homa (35) def. Morikawa (4) 2 & 1
Poston (63) def. Horschel (32) 4 & 2

Final Group 4 Matches
Horschel (32) def. Morikawa (4) 3 & 2
Homa (35) def. Poston (63) 3 & 2
* Horschel def. Homa in playoff

  • Billy Horschel advances with a 2-1-0 record.
  • Horschel will play Kevin Streelman (Group 13 winner).

Group 5

1. Tommy Fleetwood (21) – 2-0-1 (2.5)
2. Antoine Rozner (58) – 2-1-0 (2)
3. Bryson DeChambeau (5) – 1-2-0 (1)
4. Si Woo Kim (45) – 0-2-1 (0.5)

First Round
Rozner (58) def. DeChambeau (5) 2-up
Fleetwood (21) and Kim (45) tied

Second Round
DeChambeau (5) def. Kim (45) 2 & 1
Fleetwood (21) def. Rozner (58) 4 & 3

Final Group 5 Matches
Fleetwood (21) def. DeChambeau (5) 1-up
Rozner (58) def. Kim (45) 3 & 2

  • Tommy Fleetwood advances with a 2-0-1 record.
  • Fleetwood will play Dylan Frittelli (Group 12 winner)

Group 6

1. Scottie Scheffler (30) – 1-0-2 (2)*
2. Xander Schauffele (6) – 1-0-1 (2)
3. Andy Sullivan (57) – 0-1-2 (1)
3. Jason Day (44) – 1-2-0 (1)

First Round
Schauffele (6) and Sullivan (57) tied
Scheffler (30) def. Day (44) 2-up

Second Round
Schauffele (6) def. Day (44) 2 & 1
Scheffler (30) and Sullivan (57) tied

Final Group 6 Matches
Schauffele (6) tied Scheffler (30)
Day (44) def. Sullivan (57) 2 & 1
* Scheffler def. Schauffele in playoff

  • Scottie Scheffler advances with a 1-0-2 record.
  • Scheffler will play Ian Poulter (Group 11 winner)

Group 7

1. Bubba Watson (55) – 2-1-0 (2.0)
2. Joaquin Niemann (26) – 2-0-1 (2.0)
3. Patrick Reed (7) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (33) – 0-2-1 (0.5)

First Round
Reed (7) and Watson (55) tied
Niemann (26) and Bezuidenhout (33) tied

Second Round
Reed (7) def. Bezuidenhout (33) 2 & 1
Niemann (26) and Watson (55) tied

Final Group 7 Matches
Niemann (26) def. Reed (7)
Watson (55) def. Bezuidenhout (33)
* Watson def. Niemann in playoff

  • Bubba Watson advances with a 1-0-2 record.
  • Watson will play Brian Harman (Group 10 winner)

Group 8

1. Sergio Garcia (39) – 2-1-0 (2)
2. Lee Westwood (18) – 2-1-0 (2)
3. Matt Wallace (33) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Tyrrell Hatton (55) – 0-2-1 (0.5)

First Round
Hatton (8) and Wallace (51) tied
Garcia (39) def. Westwood (18) 4 & 3

Second Round
Garcia (39) def. Hatton (8) 3 & 2
Westwood (18) def. Wallace (51) 5 & 3

Final Group 8 Matches
Westwood (18) def. Hatton (8) 4 & 3
Wallace (51) def. Garcia (39) 3 & 2
* Garcia def. Westwood in playoff

  • Sergio Garcia advances with a 2-1-0 record
  • Garcia will play Mackenzie Hughes (Group 9 winner)

Group 9

1. Mackenzie Hughes (48) – 2-0-1 (2.5)
2. Webb Simpson (9) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
2. Paul Casey (17) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Talor Gooch (59) – 0-2-1 (0.5)

First Round
Simpson (9) def. Gooch (59) 6 & 5
Hughes (48) def. Casey (17) 3 & 2

Second Round
Hughes (48) def. Simpson (9) 4 & 3
Casey (17) def. Gooch (59) 3 & 2

Final Group 9 Matches
Simpson (9) tied Casey (17)
Hughes (48) tied Gooch (59)

  • Mackenzie Hughes advances with a 2-0-1 record.
  • Hughes will play Sergio Garcia (Group 8 winner)

Group 10

1. Brian Harman (54) – 2-1-0 (2.0)
2. Patrick Cantlay (10) – 2-1-0 (2.0)
3. Carlos Ortiz (42) – 1-2-0 (1.0)
3. Hideki Matsuyama (23) – 1-2-0 (1.0)

First Round
Cantlay (10) def. Harman (54) 1-up
Ortiz (42) def. Matsuyama (23) 4 & 3

Second Round
Cantlay (10) def. Ortiz (42) 1-up
Harman (54) def. Matsuyama (23) 1-up

Final Group 10 Matches
Matsuyama (23) def. Cantlay (10) 4 & 2
Harman (54) def. Ortiz (42) 3 & 2
* Harman def. Cantlay in playoff

  • Brian Harman advances with a record of 2-1-0.
  • Harman will play Bubba Watson (Group 7 winner)

Group 11

1. Ian Poulter (60) – 3-0-0 (3.0)
2. Cameron Smith (25) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
2. Rory McIlroy (11) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Lanto Griffin (46) – 0-3-0 (0.0)

First Round
Poulter (60) def. McIlroy (11) 6 & 5
Smith (25) def. Griffin (46) 1-up

Second Round
McIlroy (11) def. Griffin (46) 4 & 3
Poulter (60) def. Smith (25) 1-up

Final Group 11 Matches
McIlroy (11) tied Smith (25)
Poulter (60) def. Griffin (46)

  • Ian Poulter advances with a 3-0-0 record.
  • Poulter will play Scottie Scheffler (Group 6 winner)

Group 12

1. Dylan Frittelli (64) – 2-1-0 (2.0)
2. Tony Finau (12) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
2. Will Zalatoris (40) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Jason Kokrak (29) – 1-2-0 (1.0)

First Round
Frittelli (64) def. Finau (12) 6 & 5
Kokrak (29) def. Zalatoris (40) 1-up

Second Round
Finau (12) and Zalatoris (40) tied
Frittelli (64) def. Kokrak (29) 3 & 2

Final Group 12 Matches
Finau def. Kokrak 2-up
Zalatoris def. Frittelli 2 & 1

  • Dylan Frittelli advances with a 2-1-0 record.
  • Frittelli will play Tommy Fleetwood (Group 5 winner)

Group 13

1. Kevin Streelman (53) – 2-1-0 (2.0)*
2. Abraham Ancer (27) – 2-2-0 (2.0)
3. Bernd Wiesberger (43) – 1-2-0 (1.0)
3. Viktor Hovland (13) – 1-2-0 (1.0)

First Round
Streelman (53) def. Hovland (13) 4 & 2
Ancer (27) def. Wiesberger (43) 3 & 2

Second Round
Wiesberger (43) def. Hovland (13) 4 & 2
Ancer (27) def. Streelman (53) 2 & 1

Final Group 13 Matches
Hovland (13) def. Ancer (27) 1-up
Streelman (53) def. Wiesberger (43) 1-up
* Streelman def. Ancer in playoff

  • Kevin Streelman advances with a 2-1-0 record.
    Streelman will play Billy Horschel (Group 4 winner)

Group 14

1. Erik van Rooyen (62) – 2-1-0 (2)*
2. Daniel Berger (14) – 1-1-0 (2)
3. Harris English (19) – 1-2-0 (1)
3. Brendon Todd (47) – 1-2-0 (1)

First Round
Berger (14) def. van Rooyen (62) 6 & 4
English (19) def. Todd (47) 1-up

Second Round
Todd (47) def. \Berger (14) 2 & 1
van Rooyen (62) def. English (19) 2 & 1

Final Group 14 Matches
Berger (14) def. English (19) 4 & 2
van Rooyen (62) def. Todd (47) 2 & 1
* van Rooyen def. Berger in playoff

  • Erik van Rooyen advances with a 2-1-0 record.
  • van Rooyen will play Jon Rahm (Group 3 winner)

Group 15

1. Jordan Spieth (49) – 2-0-1 (2.5)
2. Matt Fitzpatrick (15) – 2-1-0 (2.0)
3. Matthew Wolff (20) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Corey Conners (37) – 0-3-0 (0.0)

First Round
Spieth (49) def. Fitzpatrick (15) 3 & 1
Wolff (20) def. Conners (37) 3 & 1

Second Round
Fitzpatrick (15) def. Conners (37) 5 & 4
Wolff (20) and Spieth (49) tied

Final Group 15 Matches
Fitzpatrick (15) def. Wolff (20) 3 & 2
Spieth (49) def. Conners (37) 3 & 2

  • Jordan Spieth advances with a 2-0-1 record.
  • Spieth will play Matt Kuchar (Group 2 winner).

Group 16

1. Victor Perez (31) – 2-1-0 (2.0)
2. Marc Leishman (36) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
2. Russell Henley (50) – 1-1-1 (1.5)
4. Sungjae Im (16) – 1-2-0 (1.0)

First Round
Im (16) def. Henley (50) 1-up
Perez (31) def. Leishman (36) 2 & 1

Second Round
Leishman (36) def. Im (16) 2 & 1
Henley (50) def. Perez (31) 4 & 3

Final Group 16 Matches
Perez (31) def. Im (16) 2 & 1
Leishman (36) tied Henley (50)

  • Victor Perez advances with a 2-0-1 record.
  • Perez will play Robert MacIntyre (Group 1 winner).

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