WGC Dell Day 3: JT, Sergio Roll Along; Reed Tops Spieth

Justin Thomas Dell Match Play

After three rounds of group play, 16 players will now move on to the weekend at the 2018 WGC Dell Match Play Championship, including World No. 2 Justin Thomas, who routed Francesco Molinari 7 & 5 to finish 3-0-0 in Group 2.

In the marquee match up of the day, Patrick Reed drained a long bomb putt on the 17th hole to close out Jordan Spieth 3 Up and move on to the Sweet 16 with a perfect record.

In addition to Thomas and Reed, five other players finished 3-0-0 in pool play including Sergio Garcia (7), Alex Noren (13), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28), Ian Poulter (58), and Charles Howell III (59).

Three players made the weekend via a playoff including Tyrrell Hatton (over Brendan Steele), Louis Oosthuizen (over Jason Dufner), and Kyle Stanley (over Paul Casey).

SWEET 16

BLOCK 3
Group 6: Brian Harman (18) vs Bubba Watson (35)
Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) vs Charles Howell III (59)
QUARTER-FINALS
Winner Group 3 vs Winner Group 6
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BLOCK 2
Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) vs Kyle Stanley (45)
Group: 2: Justin Thomas (2) vs Si Woo Kim (50)
QUARTER-FINALS
Winner Group 2 vs Winner Group 7
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BLOCK 4
Group 12: Cameron Smith (46) vs Tyrrell Hatton (12)
Group 4: Patrick Reed (19) vs Alex Noren (13)
QUARTER-FINALS
Winner Group 4 vs Winner Group 12
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BLOCK 1
Group 8: Louis Oosthuizen (25) vs Ian Poulter (58)
Group 1: Kevin Kisner (32) vs Matt Kuchar (16)
QUARTER-FINALS
Winner Group 1 vs Winner Group 8

SEMI-FINALS
Winner Block 2 plays Winner Block 3
Winner Block 1 plays Winner Block 4


POOL PLAY RESULTS


GROUP 1

STANDINGS
32 – Kevin Kisner 2-0-1 (2.5)
38 – Adam Hadwin 1-0-1 (2)
52 – Bernd Wiesberger 1-1-1 (1.5)
1 – Dustin Johnson 0-3-0 (0)

ROUND 1
Wiesberger defeated Johnson (3 and 1)
Kisner halved with Hadwin
ROUND 2
Hadwin defeated Johnson, 4 and 3
Kisner defeated Wiesberger, 5 and 4
ROUND 3
Kisner defeated Johnson, 4 Up
Hadwin and Wiesberger halved

BULLETS

  • Kevin Kisner defeated Dustin Johnson, 4 and 3, to finish 2-0-1 in group play and advance to the round of 16.
  • Kisner is advancing from group play for the first time (in three career starts).
  • Johnson, who went winless, recorded a 489-yard drive on the par-5 12th.

GROUP 2

Justin Thomas

STANDINGS
2 – Justin Thomas 3-0-0 (3)
21 – Francesco Molinari 2-1-0 (2)
48 – Patton Kizzire 1-2-0 (1)
60 – Luke List 0-3-0 (0)

ROUND 1
Justin Thomas defeated Luke List, 2 up
Francesco Molinari defeated Patton Kizzire, 3 and 1
ROUND 2
Thomas defeated Kizzire, 3 and 1
Molinari defeated List, 3 and 2
ROUND 3
Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, 7 and 5
Patton Kizzire defeated Luke List, 4 and 2

BULLETS

  • Justin Thomas made seven birdies through the first 12 holes and defeated Francesco Molinari, 7 and 5, to advance to the round of 16.
  • Thomas would move to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win or runner up finish.

GROUP 3

STANDINGS
28 – Kiradech Aphibarnrat 3-0-0 (3)
43 – Chez Reavie 1-1-1 (1.5)
63 – Keegan Bradley 0-1-2 (1)
3 – Jon Rahm 0-2-1 (.5)

ROUND 1
Rahm and Bradley halved
Aphibarnrat defeated Reavie, 3 and 2
ROUND 2
Reavie defeated Rahm, 1-up
Aphibarnrat defeated Bradley, 1-up
ROUND 3
Reavie and Bradley halved
Aphibarnrat defeated Rahm, 4 and 3

BULLETS

  • Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Jon Rahm, 4 and 3, to advance to the weekend.
  • Aphibarnrat has won match play events twice on the European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015, and the 2018 ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
  • Jon Rahm, who stands No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished with a record of 0-2-1 on the week.
  • Last year’s champion and runner-up, Johnson (0-3-0)  and Rahm (0-2-1), respectively, combined for a 0-5-1 record, the worst follow up performance for a returning champion and runner up.

GROUP 4

Patrick Reed

STANDINGS
19 – Patrick Reed 3-0-0 (3)
4 – Jordan Spieth 2-1-0 (2)
49 – Charl Schwartzel 1-2-0 (1)
34 – Hao Tong Li 0-3-0 (0)

ROUND 1
Jordan Spieth defeated Charl Schwartzel, 2 and 1
Patrick Reed defeated Hao Tong Li, 3 and 2
ROUND 2
Spieth defeated Li, 4 and 2
Reed defeated Schwartzel, 1-up
ROUND 3
 Reed defeated Spieth, 4 and 2
 Schwartzel defeated Li, 3 and 2

BULLETS

  • Patrick Reed finished off Jordan Spieth with a long bomb birdie on the 17th hole to move on.
  • Reed advanced from group play for the second time in five starts.
  • Making his fifth start at the event, Spieth is yet to advance beyond the quarterfinals.

GROUP 5

STANDINGS
46Cameron Smith 2-0-1 (2.5)
5 – Hideki Matsuyama 1-2-0 (1)
30 – Patrick Cantlay 2-1-0 (2)
53 – Yusaku Miyazato 0-2-1 (.5)
ROUND 1
Hideki Matsuyama defeated Yusaku Miyato, 2 and 1
Cameron Smith defeated Patrick Cantlay, 2 up
ROUND 2
Smith defeated Matsuyama, 1-up
Cantlay defeated Miyazato, 1-up
ROUND 3
Cantlay defeated Matsuyama, 4 and 3
Smith and Miyazato halved

BULLETS

  • In his first start at the WGC-Dell Match Play, Cameron Smith went 2-0-1 in group play to advance to the round of 16.
  • Smith, a winner of two events in 2017 – the Zurich Classic and the Australian PGA Championship, made birdie to win the 18th hole and halve his match with Yusaku Miyazato for the deciding half-point.
  • Smith currently ranks No. 50 in the world and No. 26 in the FedExCup standings.

GROUP 6

STANDINGS
18 Brian Harman 2-0-1 (2.5)
57 Peter Uihlein 2-1-0 (2)
6 Rory McIlroy 1-2-0 (1)
44 Jhonnattan Vegas 0-2-1 (.5)

ROUND 1
Peter Uihlein defeated Rory McIlroy, 2 and 1
Brian Harman and Jhonattan Vegas halved
ROUND 2
McIlroy defeated Vegas, 2 and 1
Harman defeated Uihlein, 3 and 2
ROUND 3
Harman defeated McIlroy, 5 and 3
Uihlein defeated Vegas, 4 and 3

BULLETS

  • Brian Harman defeated Rory McIlroy, 5 and 3, to advance to the round of 16.
  • Harman is making his WGC-Dell Match Play debut.

GROUP 7

STANDINGS
7 Sergio Garcia 3-0-0 (3)
20 Xander Schauffele 2-1-0 (2)
41 Dylan Frittelli 1-2-0 (1)
62 Shubhankar Sharma 0-3-0 (0)

ROUND 1
Sergio Garcia defeated Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up
Xander Schauffele defeated Dylan Frittelli, 1 up
ROUND 2
Garcia defeated Frittelli, 2-up
Schauffele defeated Sharma, 3 and 1
ROUND 3
Garcia defeated Schauffele, 3 and 1
Frittelli defeated Sharma, 1 Up

BULLETS

  • Garcia is advancing to the round of 16 for the first time since the tournament moved to the group format in 2015.
  • Garcia’s best finish at the event came in 2010 when he advanced to the consolation match and finished fourth.

GROUP 8

STANDINGS
25Louis Oosthuizen 2-1-0 (2)
42 – Jason Dufner 2-1-0 (2)
8 – Jason Day 1-2-0 (1)
56 – James Hahn 1-2-0 (1)

ROUND 1
Jason Day defeated James Hahn, 4 and 2
Louis Oosthuizen defeated Jason Dufner, 1 up
ROUND 2
Dufner defeated Day, 3 and 1
Hahn defeated Oosthuizen, 3 and 1
ROUND 3
Oosthuizen defeated Day, 2 Up
Dufner defeated Hahn, 3 and 2
PLAYOFF
Oosthuizen defeated Dufner

BULLETS

  • Oosthuizen’s 2-up victory over Jason Day on Friday came in a rematch of the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play final, won by Day.
  • Louis Oosthuizen defeated Jason Dufner in a sudden-death playoff with a par on the first extra hole to advance to the round of 16.

GROUP 9

STANDINGS
58Ian Poulter 3-0-0 (3)
9 – Tommy Fleetwood 2-1-0 (2)
33 – Kevin Chappell 1-2-0 (1)
26 – Daniel Berger 0-3-0 (0)

ROUND 1
 Ian Poulter defeated Tommy Fleetwood, 3 and 2
Kevin Chappell defeated Daniel Berger, 3 and 2
ROUND 2
 Fleetwood defeated Chappell, 7 and 6
Poulter defeated Berger, 2 and 1
ROUND 3
 Fleetwood defeated Berger, 2 and 1
 Poulter defeated Chappell, concede

BULLETS

  • Poulter advanced to the round of 16 after Kevin Chappell withdrew (back) during the match.
  • The 2010 Dell Match Play champion, Poulter earned his 26th win at the event, good for second-most all-time (Tiger Woods/33).

GROUP 10

STANDINGS
45Kyle Stanley 2-1-0 (2)
10 – Paul Casey 2-1-0 (2)
51 – Russell Henley 1-2-0 (1)
31 – Matthew Fitzpatrick 1-2-0 (1)

ROUND 1
 Paul Casey defeated Russell Henley, 1 up
Kyle Stanley defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick, 1 up
ROUND 2
 Casey defeated Stanley, 4 and 2
Henley defeated Fitzpatrick, 2 and 1
ROUND 3
Fitzpatrick defeated Casey, 3 and 2
Stanley defeated Henley, 1 Up
PLAYOFF
Stanley defeated Casey

BULLETS

  • Stanley forced a sudden-death playoff with Casey and won with a birdie on the second extra hole to advance to the round of 16.
  • After Casey was defeated by Matthew Fitzpatrick and fell to 2-1-0 in group play, Stanley tied Casey at 2 points by defeating Russell Henley, 1 up.
  • Stanley, who is making his second appearance at the event, is advancing to the round of 16 for the first time.

GROUP 11

STANDINGS
35 Bubba Watson 2-0-1 (2.5)
64 Julian Suri 1-1-1 (1.5)
23 Branden Grace 1-1-1 (1.5)
11 Marc Leishman 0-2-1 (.5)

ROUND 1
 Julian Suri defeated Marc Leishman, 3 and 2
Bubba Watson defeated Branden Grace, 5 and 3
ROUND 2
 Watson defeated Leishman, 3 and 2
Grace defeated Suri, 2 and 1
ROUND 3
 Leishman and Grace halved
 Watson and Suri halved

BULLETS

  • Watson halved his match with Julian Suri, good for a 2-0-1 record over three rounds and a berth in the round of 16.
  • Suri held a 2-up lead with two holes to play, but Watson made birdie at Nos. 17 and 18 to advance.
  • Watson’s best finish in the event came in his first appearance in 2011, when he reached the consolation match and finished fourth.

GROUP 12

STANDINGS
12Tyrrell Hatton 2-1-0 (2)
36 – Brendan Steele 2-1-0 (2)
22 – Charley Hoffman 1-2-0 (1)
55 – Alexander Levy 1-2-0 (1)

ROUND 1
Tyrrell Hatton defeated Alexander Levy, 3 and 2
Brendan Steele defeated Charley Hoffman, 1 up
ROUND 2
Hatton defeated Steele, 3 and 2
Levy defeated Hoffman, 1-up
ROUND 3
Hoffman defeated Hatton, 3 and 2
Steele defeated Levy, 3 and 1
PLAYOFF
Hatton defeated Steele

BULLETS

  • Hatton fell 3 and 2 to Charley Hoffman Friday but was able to advance with a sudden-death playoff victory over Steele.
  • Hatton earns a spot in the round of 16 for the first time in his second appearance at the event.
  • After Hatton was defeated by Hoffman, Steele forced the playoff with a 3 and 1 victory against Levy.
  • Hatton made birdie on the first extra hole, while Steele made bogey.

GROUP 13

Alex Noren

STANDINGS
13Alex Noren 3-0-0 (3)
29 – Tony Finau 2-1-0 (2)
61 – Kevin Na 0-2-1 (.5)
39 – Thomas Pieters 0-2-1 (.5)

ROUND 1
Alex Noren defeated Kevin Na, 4 and 2
Tony Finau defeated Thomas Pieters, 2 and 1
ROUND 2
Noren defeated Pieters, 5 and 4
Finau defeated Na, 3 and 2
ROUND 3
Noren defeated Finau, 1 Up
Pieters and Na halved

BULLETS

  • Sweden’s Alex Noren defeated Tony Finau in one of five Friday matches that decided their respective groups.
  • After taking a 1-up lead with a birdie at No. 17, Noren made a 14-foot par putt at the 18th to seal the match.

GROUP 14

STANDINGS
59Charles Howell III 3-0-0 (3)
14 – Phil Mickelson 2-1-0 (2)
17 – Rafa Cabrera Bello 1-2-0 (1)
40 – Satoshi Kodaira 0-3-0 (0)

ROUND 1
Charles Howell III defeated Phil Mickelson, 3 and 2
Rafa Cabrera Bello defeated Satoshi Kodaira, 2 and 1
ROUND 2
Mickelson defeated Kodaira, 1-up
Howell III defeated Cabrera Bello, 3 and 1
ROUND 3
Mickelson defeated Cabrera Bello, 1 Up
Howell defeated Kodaira, 2 and 1

BULLETS

  • No. 59 seed Howell defeated Kodaira, 2 and 1, to advance out of group play for the second consecutive
    year.
  • Howell is one of seven players to record a perfect 3-0-0 record in group play and is the lowest seed to advance.

GROUP 15

STANDINGS
50Si Woo Kim 2-0-1 (2.5)
37 – Webb Simpson 1-1-1 (1.5)
24 – Gary Woodland 1-1-1 (1.5)
15 – Pat Perez 0-2-1 (.5)

ROUND 1
Perez and Kim halved
Woodland and Simpson halved
ROUND 2
Simpson defeated Perez, 2 and 1
Kim defeated Woodland, 5 and 3
ROUND 3
Woodland defeated Perez, 1 Up
Kim defeated Simpson, 2 Up

BULLETS

  • Kim defeated  Simpson, 2 up, to win group 15.
  • Kim is making his first appearance in the round of 16 in his second start at the event.

GROUP 16

STANDINGS
16 – Matt Kuchar 2-0-1 (2.5)
47 – Yuta Ikeda 1-1-1 (1.5)
27 – Ross Fisher 1-2-0 (1)
54 – Zach Johnson 0-1-2 (1)

ROUND 1
Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson halved
Yuta Ikeda defeated Ross Fisher, 2 and 1
ROUND 2
Kuchar defeated Ikeda, 1-up
Fisher defeated Johnson, 2-up
ROUND 3
Kuchar defeated Fisher, 6 and 4
Ikeda and Johnson halved

BULLETS

  • Kuchar, the 2013 WGC-Dell Match Play champion, made a hole-in-one at the par-3 7th and defeated Ross
    Fisher, 6 and 4, to advance to the round of 16.
  • Kuchar was bogey-free over the course of the 14-hole match and has posted just two bogeys in 50 holes for the week.

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