WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play has a last 16 for the weekend at Austin Country Club in Texas. Spain’s new wonder kid Jon Rahm blitzed the old one Sergio Garcia, 6-4.
Jon and Sergio / getty
Jon eased past Sergio 6-4 to win group 7, he told reporters
“I’d rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make it as far as possible. But worse came to worse, and luckily whoever won today was going to make it through. Out of that, at least we are happy that was going to happen.”
Sergio said he did not perform well;
“Obviously Jon is playing well. It is nice to see at least a Spanish player going through. . “At the end of the day, you have to perform and if you don’t do it then you get beat.”
World number 1 Dustin Johnson won group one, saying;
“I like match play, it’s fun and it’s exciting to watch. Yeah, I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage just because I’m playing really well.”
The last sixteen knockout matches begin tomorrow, lining up like this;
Kevin Na USA v Bill Hass USA
Marc Leishman Australia v Phil Mickelson USA
Jon Rahm Spain v Charles Howell 111 USA
Soren Kjeldson Denmark v William McGirt USA
Hideto Tanihara Japan v Paul Casey England
Ross Fisher England v Bubba Watson USA
Alex Noren Sweden v Brooks Koepka USA
Dustin Johnson USA v Zack Johnson USA.
It is sad that this years Championship has been blighted by mid-term with withdrawals, which left Rory McIlroy with no chance to progress. after Jason Day retired. Other groups also had the same misfortune, with Gary Woodland withdrawing for personal reasons, and Francesco Molinari with an injury.