On Sunday during a Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy looked like his old, unstoppable self, finishing off a three-shot feat with a back-nine 31 during Bay Hill for career win No. 14. Three days later, he’s 0-1 during a WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, descending 2 and 1 to Peter Uihlein on Day 1 during Austin Country Club. Had it not been for a late assign from McIlroy, a compare competence not have done it past a 15th hole.
“I done him acquire it during least. we done a measure line a small some-more respectable,” pronounced McIlroy, a leader of a eventuality in 2015. “I usually came divided a small flat. we didn’t unequivocally indispensably play badly. He played flattering well. It was a few underneath by 9 and got down early, and he didn’t make a spook all day. So it was … it was tough to arrange of scratch my approach back.”
Such is life in a match-play format, where we can feel in control one notation and travel divided 1-down a next. But McIlroy is prepared to get behind during it on Thursday when he’ll take on Jhonattan Vegas (0-0-1).
“Forget it, go on to tomorrow. Obviously it’s out of my control now,”McIlroy pronounced of his mindset. “So I’ve usually got to win my subsequent dual matches and hopefully a pull works in my favor.”
As for Uihlein, it’s a earnest start in his initial WGC-Dell Match Play appearance. He’ll demeanour to get to 2-0 when he faces off with Brian Harman (0-0-1) on Thursday.
McIlroy wasn’t a usually tip actor to go down, as World No. 1 and fortifying champion Dustin Johnson also lost, 3 and 1, to Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, an outcome done all a some-more considerable when factoring in that Johnson did not route on a singular hole in any of his matches during his feat here final year. On Wednesday, it looked as yet we were headed for a identical week, when Johnson led 1-up after dual holes and afterwards led 1-up again by five. But after Wiesberger won a subsequent dual holes to squeeze a 1-up lead, Johnson never regained it, notwithstanding removing a compare to all block on dual opposite occasions.
“At a finish of day, we both didn’t have a good day,” Wiesberger said. “I consider we usually done 3 birdies between us, that is not a lot out here. He gave me a integrate of holes, we gave him a few. At a finish of a day, I’m blissful that we prevailed and got a win.”
Wiesberger looks to take control of a organisation on Thursday when he plays Kevin Kisner (0-0-1), while Johnson will face Adam Hadwin (0-0-1).
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth had no such struggles, any removing off to a 1-0 start. Spieth degraded Charl Schwartzel, 2 and 1. Thomas degraded Luke List, 2 up, in an interesting compare that featured a bit of everything, including List regulating a crowd as a dabble for many of a match and Thomas creation an incredible standard save from a tough lie. Spieth will play China’s HaoTong Li (0-1) before a potentially epic duel with Patrick Reed (1-0) on Friday, while Thomas gets Patton Kizzire (0-1).
Other highlights from day one enclosed Ian Poulter defeating associate countryman Tommy Fleetwood, 3 and 2, Zach Johnson entrance from 4-down to separate his compare with Matt Kuchar, Jason Day violence James Hahn, 4 and 2, and Bubba Watson winning Branden Grace, 5 and 3. There were also a few other startling upsets, like Julian Suri defeating Marc Leishman, 3 and 2, and Charles Howell III defeating Phil Mickelson, 3 and 2.