Rahm joins Johnson in early elimination, McIlroy hits again

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Dustin Johnson’s WGC-Dell Match Play elimination early on Thursday was adopted by that of fellow 2017 finalist Jon Rahm later within the day.

23 Mar 2018, 06:27 IST





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Jon Rahm on day two in Austin

Final yr’s finalist Jon Rahm joined defending champion Dustin Johnson in a group-stage WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play exit after a second defeat.

World quantity three and Spanish Rahm was edged out by Johnson within the 2017 decider, however each gamers have endured depressing returns to Austin this week.

An outstanding spherical from Adam Hadwin defeated Johnson Four and three and eradicated the world primary earlier than his remaining round-robin match with a Zero-2 document, earlier than Rahm failed to drag off a late comeback in opposition to Chez Reavie on Thursday.

Rahm was three down via 15 and positive factors on the following two holes couldn’t deny Reavie, with the third seed’s participation then ended by Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s dramatic win over Keegan Bradley elsewhere within the group.

Marc Leishman, the 11th seed, additionally bowed out after dropping Three and a pair of to two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.

There was higher information for four-time main winner Rory McIlroy – who claimed final week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational – as he responded to Wednesday’s shock 2 and 1 defeat to Peter Uihlein with victory 24 hours later.

The Northern Irishman and former world primary prevailed by the identical margin in opposition to Jhonattan Vegas and is now simply half some extent again in his group.

Phil Mickelson moved again into rivalry after a shocking turnaround in his match in opposition to Satoshi Kodaira, trailing by 4 via seven to recuperate and finish on a roll and 1 up.

Tommy Fleetwood received again on monitor, too, with an enormous 7 and 6 victory over Kevin Chappell, having been crushed on Wednesday by compatriot Ian Poulter, who then made it two wins from two a day later.

Reigning PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months Justin Thomas (Three and 1 over Patton Kizzire) and Masters champion Sergio Garcia (2 up in opposition to Dylan Frittelli) additionally maintain excellent data on the shut of play on Thursday, with the pair edging in the direction of the final 16.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will go head-to-head on Friday after the pair noticed off HaoTong Li and Charl Schwartzel respectively to arrange a bunch decider.

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