Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Francesco Molinari   (Getty Images)
Francesco Molinari (Getty Images)

The draw has been made for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and we are set for high-quality action over the course of the next five days in Austin.

Some of the world’s highest ranked golfers will go head-to-head as the 64 players are split into 16 groups, where they play 18 holes of match play in a round robin format over the first three days.

The winner of each group will advance into the knockout stages at the weekend to see who can claim the second World Golf Championships title of the season.

There are plenty of European Tour members on show, with Open Championship winner and 2018 Ryder Cup star Francesco Molinari leading the charge in Group 7, but he will face one of his team-mates from last year’s victorious European team, Thorbjørn Olesen. American Webb Simpson, who won the 2012 U.S. Open, and Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira complete the group.

The other half of Ryder Cup pairing ‘Moliwood’, Tommy Fleetwood, will be in the opening match of the tournament as he heads Group 11 and will face nine time European Tour winner Louis Oosthuizen, South Korea’s Byeong Hun An and American Kyle Stanley, with World Number Two Justin Rose headlining Group 2 alongside fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell, Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and American Gary Woodland.

Last year’s winner Bubba Watson is in one of two all-American groups in the event, where he takes on three time Major Championship winner Jordan Spieth, Kevin Na and Billy Horschel in Group 15, while England’s Paul Casey plays alongside Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, Australian Cameron Smith and American Charles Howell III in Group 10.

The last two winners of the Masters Tournament, Sergio Garcia in 2017 and Patrick Reed in 2018, are in a competitive Group 16 alongside current Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex leader Shane Lowry and American Andrew Putnam.

World Number One Dustin Johnson, who won the WGC-Mexico Championship and Saudi International powered by SBIA earlier this season, is with South African Branden Grace, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and fellow American Chez Reavie in Group 1.

Jon Rahm, who burst onto the world stage when coming second in this event to Johnson in 2017, will take on 2015 winner Matt Kuchar, South Korea’s Si Woo Kim and J.B. Holmes in Group 8, while Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard and England’s Matt Wallace will face each other in Group 5 alongside American pair Justin Thomas and Keegan Bradley.

Tiger Woods, taking part in his first WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play since 2013, heads an all-American Group 13, with Aaron Wise, Patrick Cantlay and Brandt Snedeker, while Xander Schauffele takes part in a European Tour dominated Group 9, with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Tyrrell Hatton in attendance alongside 24 time European Tour winner Lee Westwood.

There are a combined 84 Tour level victories in Group 12, with Swede Henrik Stenson taking on 2014 and 2016 champion Jason Day, 2018 United States Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk and five time Major Championship winner Phil Mickelson.

Ian Poulter, who won this event in 2010, is the only European Tour member in Group 14 as he faces American trio Tony Finau, Keith Mitchell and last year’s runner up, Kevin Kisner. In Group 4, Matthew Fitzpatrick is alongside WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play debutant Justin Harding, Rory McIlroy and Luke List.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic winner Bryson DeChambeau leads Group 6 with Scotland’s Russell Knox, Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Australian Marc Leishman, with four time European Tour winner Brooks Koepka heading Group 3 with China’s Li Haotong, Swede Alex Noren and Englishman Tom Lewis, with the latter two rounding off the second day’s action in Austin.

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