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Watson eradicated early in Match Play protection

For the third straight 12 months in Match Play, the defending champion won’t make it to the weekend.

Bubba Watson was eradicated from group play Thursday when he misplaced in 17 holes to Billy Horschel. Watson misplaced within the opening spherical to Kevin Na.

A 12 months in the past, defending champion Dustin Johnson did not win a match in group play. The 12 months earlier than that, defending champion Jason Day withdrew throughout the opening spherical to deal with his mom’s sickness.

Day was additionally eradicated Thursday after his second-round loss to Henrik Stenson. Day misplaced the primary two holes and performed all the spherical from behind earlier than Stenson closed it out Four and three. Day misplaced his opening match Thursday to Jim Furyk.

Phil Mickelson is out following his 1-up loss to Jim Furyk. The duel of 48-year-olds went all the best way to the 18th inexperienced earlier than Furyk closed it out.

Furyk will meet Stenson on Friday with the winner advancing to the weekend elimination rounds.

In the meantime, Na didn’t go quietly towards Jordan Spieth. He was 6 down with six holes to play earlier than profitable the subsequent three holes. Na had a Four-foot birdie putt to chop into the deficit much more however missed it. Spieth gained Three and a pair of.

Abraham Ancer delivered the primary victory amongst 32 matches at Austin Nation Membership with a Three-and-2 victory over Cameron Smith. Moments later, Paul Casey missed a 7-foot par putt and needed to accept a tie with Charles Howell III.

That eradicated Smith from Group 10, one 12 months after the Australian reached the quarterfinals.

Amongst those that can’t afford to lose Thursday at Austin Nation are Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed. Gamers can win their group with one loss, however not more than that. Solely two gamers within the 4 earlier years of group play have superior with only one win; Patton Kizzire and Byeong-Hun An in 2016 every gained a match and tied two others.

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