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5 surprises from Day 1 of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play

The second World Golf Championships occasion of the yr is off and operating. The WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play is being contested deep within the coronary heart of Texas at Austin Nation Membership. Tiger Woods is within the discipline for the primary time since 2013, and Bubba Watson will try and defend his title — extra on that beneath.

Listed here are the 5 largest surprises from Day 1.

Lucas Bjerregaard beat Justin Thomas

Bjerregaard — the occasion’s No. 50 seed — took down JT, who got here in as No. 5, by a rating of three&2.

Thomas had an early lead, going 2-up after the primary three holes, however then Bjerregaard put the pedal to the metallic, making 5 birdies in 10 holes to go Four-up with 5 holes to play, ultimately closing out the match on the 16th gap, Three-up.

 

Jim Furyk beat Jason Day

Jim Furyk’s ageless golf continued on Wednesday, because the 48-year-old took down World No. 13 Jason Day.

Day began off sturdy — Three-up after eight holes — however Furyk fought again, profitable Nos. 9, 10 and 11 to get again to all sq.. Furyk took the lead with a 23-foot birdie on No. 15, whereas Day answered with a birdie of his personal on No. 16 to get again to all sq. with two holes to play.

Day three-putted the par-Three 17th to drop a shot to Furyk, who then birdied the 18th for good measure to take the match 2-up.

From Three DOWN to 2 UP @DellMatchPlay.

Fairly the comeback for @JimFuryk over Jason Day. pic.twitter.com/4o7xZRjGMQ

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 27, 2019

Kevin Na beat Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson’s title protection didn’t have a super begin on Wednesday. After Watson managed a lot of the match for holes Three – 13, Na fought again to get again to all sq. on No. 14. The 2 gamers traded blows and headed into 18 all sq.. Then the actual drama started.

Golf is tough.

Bunker struggles for Bubba.

Kevin Na wins 1 UP. pic.twitter.com/7GvxFd5QqH

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 27, 2019

Watson hit his drive into the greenside bunker and had a superb have a look at an up-and-down birdie — at the least in idea. Sadly, Watson didn’t get out on his first try, and his ball rolled all the way in which again into his foot marks.

Clearly agitated by the unhealthy luck, he didn’t take a complete lot of time to attempt to execute his third shot. After making a mighty swipe, he picked up his ball earlier than it rolled all the way in which again down into the bunker, thereby conceding each the outlet and the match to Na, who nonetheless had a 10-footer left for birdie.

Brooks Koepka settled for a tie

Brooks Koepka by no means trailed on the entrance 9, and was 1-up on his opponent, Englishman Tom Lewis, when the pair made the flip.

However Lewis held on, and went 1-up on Koepka when Koepka bogeyed the par-Four 14th. Koepka received the match again to all sq. with a par on No. 16 when Lewis bogeyed, then Koepka stuffed it to some ft from the outlet on the par-Three 17th to arrange a simple birdie and go 1-up with one gap remaining.

However then it was Lewis’s flip to be clutch. He hit his method to three-and-a-half ft from the outlet on No. 18 and drained the birdie to deliver the match again to all sq..

💪 Clutch vs. Clutch 💪@BKoepka and Tom Lewis finish their match All Sq..#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/7jBRyA1MRk

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 27, 2019

Lewis is at present ranked 63rd on the earth, whereas Koepka is ranked third.

Patrick Reed misplaced to Andrew Putnam

Although he’s been struggling currently — making headlines final week for his emergency classes with swing guru David Leadbetter — golf followers nonetheless count on “Captain America” to dominate his matches. Alas, Wednesday was not Patrick Reed’s day.

Reed solely gained two holes towards Andrew Putnam, who closed out the match on the 16th gap, Three-up.

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