AUSTIN, Texas — Tiger Woods will face Patrick Cantlay, Brandt Snedeker and Aaron Smart this week in the course of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship at Austin Nation Membership.
A 3-time winner of the occasion, Woods, 43, has by no means performed within the format that has 16 teams of 4 gamers, with every group’s main point-earner after three matches advancing to the 16-player knockout stage on the weekend.
Gamers have been divided by their world rating after the Gamers Championship, which meant Woods was 13th. A random drawing then chosen gamers from teams ranked 17th to 32nd, 33rd to 48th and 49th to 64th.
Cantlay, 27, ranked 18th, received the Shriners Hospitals for Youngsters Open in 2017 for his lone PGA Tour victory.
Snedeker, 38, ranked 44th, is a nine-time PGA Tour winner whose final victory got here on the Wyndham Championship in 2018.
Smart, 22, ranked 61st, is in his second yr on the PGA Tour, having received final yr’s AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. Woods will face Smart, with whom he has by no means performed, on Wednesday.
Phil Mickelson is in a bunch with Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Jim Furyk.
No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson will get Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace and Chez Reavie.
Rory McIlroy, coming off his Gamers Championship victory, will go up in opposition to Matthew Fitzpatrick, Justin Harding and Luke Record.
Defending champion Bubba Watson, ranked 15th, will play Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel and Kevin Na.
Beginning instances are nonetheless to be decided.
Woods final performed within the WGC-Match Play in 2013, when the outdated knockout format was in use. That yr, Woods misplaced his first-round match to Charles Howell III. Woods was eligible for the occasion in 2014 and 2015 however skipped the event; the final three years, harm curtailed his play, and he was not eligible final yr, as he was ranked 105th on the earth on the time of the event.
The format requires 18-hole matches, with one of the best report from every group advancing. Matches can finish in ties. If two or extra gamers are tied after the three matches are accomplished, they go to a sudden-death playoff to find out who advances to the weekend.
There’ll then be eight matches on Saturday morning, adopted by 4 on Saturday afternoon.
The highest 4 then advance to the semifinals on Sunday, with the winners squaring off the title.