MIAMI, Florida: Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth suffered upset defeats because the underdogs bared their tooth on the opening day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play on Wednesday.
McIlroy’s quest to regain his match play crown was dealt an early setback because the world quantity two crashed to a 2&1 defeat towards Danish veteran Soren Kjeldsen at Austin Nation Membership in Texas.
An out-of-type world quantity six Spieth was then comprehensively crushed four&2 by Japan’s Hideto Tanihara.
Match play specialist McIlroy, the 2015 champion, had clawed his method again from two right down to make all of it sq. heading into the ultimate three holes.
However McIlroy missed a troublesome birdie putt on the sixteenth to halve the opening, leaving Kjeldsen one up with two to play.
The forty one-yr-previous Dane then produced a powerful tee-shot to inside three ft on the par-three seventeenth to pile the strain on McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman made the inexperienced together with his tee shot however was unable to sink his birdie, leaving Kjeldsen with the only of faucet-ins to finish a 2&1 victory.
“I felt good coming into at present,” Kjeldsen stated. “He’s a reasonably spectacular participant so that you don’t need to watch him an excessive amount of.
“I knew I needed to play nicely to have any type of an opportunity so I didn’t take a look at what Rory was doing and luckily I performed nicely,” added Kjeldsen, who because the world quantity sixty eight is likely one of the lowest-ranked gamers within the within the sixty four-man subject.
“Everybody I’m enjoying this week I’m going to be the underdog,” Kjeldsen joked after the Group 2 win.
“It’s good. I haven’t had one of the best begin to the season in America. However the previous few weeks I’ve been getting higher. I really feel good. You’ll be able to speak about match play however on the finish of the day it’s essential shoot good scores and that’s what I did in the present day.”
This week’s event sees the sector cut up into sixteen teams of 4 gamers who play one another on a spherical robin foundation via Friday. The sixteen group winners then advance to the knockout rounds beginning on Saturday.
Within the day’s different Group 2 recreation, Gary Woodland of america defeated Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo three&2.England’s Paul Casey defeated Joost Luiten of the Netherlands 2&1 in Group 12 the place South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel thrashed An Byeong-Hun of South Korea 6&5.
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