Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy first big upsets at Dell Match Play

Posted March 24, 2017

"It's really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now". So, you know that you have to.a week like this you've got to really watch your energy levels because it can go pretty quick.

He added while rubbing away tears, "She's the reason I'm playing golf today".

Jordan Spieth would also suffer a huge upset as he fell 4 and 2 to Japan's Hideto Tanihara.

Phil Mickelson made the ideal start to his tournament as he defeated Si Woo Kim.

McIlroy birdied the hole to square the match but ended up losing 2 and 1. McIlroy was actually 1 up standing on the 14th tee, but Kjeldsen closed with four straight birdies. "It's been really hard to play golf lately and this year". But the last few weeks I've been getting better.

"From what I've heard, there's not too much change".

McIlroy turned things around with the help of a mammoth drive at 12, delivering three birdies on the spin to edge in front of the Dane. And he never caught up. McIlroy could play to the same standard as Wednesday and emerge victorious from both.

Spieth's fellow young gun and high-seed counterpart McIlroy battled with Soren Kjeldsen throughout their early match at Austin Country Club. Ties are determined by a sudden-death playoff, and head-to-head matchups do not count.

Hideki Matsuyama (No. 4) wasn't all that happy, either. He missed a 6-foot birdie putt against Jim Furyk and had to settle for a halve.

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A stress fracture in the knuckle of the ring finger on his pitching hand slowed Scherzer's development this spring and caused him to grip his fastball with three fingers instead of two to avoid pain. World number one Dustin Johnson obliterated Webb Simpson 5&3, while Martin Kaymer outduelled Jimmy Walker 3&2 in a matchup between PGA Championship winners.

"It's been very, very emotional, as you can tell".

"Being on the European Tour for 20 years and then suddenly changing it up, coming over here not knowing anybody and not knowing the courses has been hard, but it's what I wanted and I'm enjoying it".

'I've obviously pulled out this week because of my mum going into surgery to try and get rid of this three or four centimetre mass that's in her lungs'.

Only nine of the 32 matches went the distance. Charl Schwartzel had the shortest day, ending his match against Byeong Hun on the 13th hole.

Then Day went to the media center to clarify why he walked off early and was withdrawing from the event. On the following hole, he double-bogeyed the par-5 sixth, and conceded the match.

He said doctors in Australia told her she only had 12 months to live.

"The prognosis was more positive and they (doctors) are going to do surgery on Friday".