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

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.

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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