Tuesday, March 20, 2018

World match-play draw puts 

Fleetwood in same group as Poulter

The draw is out for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and we are set for some brilliant action over the first three days at Austin Country Club.
The field of 64 has been split into 16 groups of four, with the players facing off over 18 holes of match play in a round robin over the first three days and the winner of each group advancing to the knock-out stages at the weekend.
Defending Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood will come up against some serious match-play experience in 2010 champion and Ryder Cup veteran Ian Poulter, with Group 9 completed by Americans Daniel Berger and Kevin Chappell.
"It's a World Match Play, you're not going to get any easy draws," said Fleetwood. "I'm happy to play anyone.

"I know all three of the guys well and I've known Ian pretty well over the last couple of years so it will be nice to play against them."
Rory McIlroy arrives in Texas off the back of a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and he will take on Brian Harman, Jhonattan Vegas and Peter Uihlein in Group 6.
Bernd Wiesberger was placed in Group 1 alongside defending champion and World Number One Dustin Johnson, with the Austrian also set to face American Kevin Kisner and Canada's Adam Hadwin.
Last year's runner-up Jon Rahm will face a fellow European Tour Member who has already tasted match play glory this season in ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat. American duo Chez Reavie and Keegan Bradley complete Group 3.
Swede Alex Noren and big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters are sure to put on a show in Group 13 where they will also face Tony Finau and Kevin Na.

Ryder Cup playing partners Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will go head-to-head in an extremely competitive Group 4 that also contains Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Li Haotong and 2011 Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel.
Sergio Garcia will defend his title at Augusta in two weeks and he was drawn in Group 7 alongside Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex leader Shubhankar Sharma, South Africa's Dylan Frittelli and American Xander Schauffele.
There will be an all-English battle in Group 10 with two-time finalist Paul Casey and Matthew Fitzpatrick drawn alongside Kyle Stanley and Russell Henley.
Tyrrell Hatton is the top seed in Group 12 and he will face Frenchman Alexander Levy and Americans Charley Hoffman and Brendan Steele.

Rafa Cabrera Bello and Phil Mickelson both have their brothers on the bag for them this week and they were drawn in Group 14 alongside Satoshi Kodaira and and Charles Howell III.
Francesco Molinari will face US PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas in a Group 2 that also contains Patton Kizzire and Luke List.
Louis Oosthuizen is in Group 8 and he will go up against two-time winner Jason Day - who beat him in the 2016 final - Jason Dufner and James Hahn, while fellow South African Branden Grace takes on Marc Leishman, Bubba Watson and late-entry Julian Suri in Group 11.
England's Ross Fisher will have to get past 2013 champion Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Yuta Ikeda if he is to advance from Group 16.
European Tour Affiliate Member Pat Perez is in Group 15 alongside fellow Americans Gary Woodland and Webb Simspon and South Korea's Si Woo Kim, while Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Smith and Yusaku Miyazato make up Group 5.



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