WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Third Round Highlights

The opening 96 one on one matches at the 2019 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Championship are officially complete. What began with 64 of the world’s top golfers is now down to just 16 contenders. These surviving international superstars will represent their 10 respective countries all vying to be a World Golf Champion. Five out of the 16 top seeded players will advance through the group stage while Kevin Na, overall ranked 57th, represents the underdogs.

Friday’s final round of group stage competition came with it’s fair share of gallery igniting roars, unbelievable upsets and even the always impressive hole in one. In order to be the last man standing the remaining competitors will have to endure at least 72 holes over two matches each on Saturday and Sunday. Before the weekend marathon begins Last Word on Golf has your final group stage standings and some of the top highlights from Friday’s final day of group play.

Key: Group Winner (Record), Eliminated (Record)

Group 1

1. Branden Grace (3-0-0)-Advances to face Sergio Garcia in Round of 16
T3. Hideki Matsuyama (1-1-1)
2. Dustin Johnson (1-2-0)
4. Chez Reavie (0-2-1)

Group 2

1. Justin Rose (2-0-1)-Advances to face Kevin Na in Round of 16
2. Gary Woodland (2-1-0)
3. Emiliano Grillo (1-2-0)
4. Eddie Pepperall (0-2-1)

Group 3

1. HaoTong Li (2-1-0)-Advances to face Kevin Kisner in Round of 16
2. Alex Noren (2-1-0)
3. Tom Lewis (1-1-1)
4. Brooks Koepka (0-2-1)

At the conclusion of the group stage matches Alex Noren and HoaTong Li were tied a top the WGC Dell Match Play’s third group. On the first hole of the sudden death tie breaker Li dialed in his game to advance to Saturday’s round of 16.

Group 4

1. Rory McIlroy (3-0-0)-Advances to face Tiger Woods in Round of 16
2. Justin Harding (2-1-0)
3. Luke List (1-2-0)
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick (0-3-0)

South African standout Justin Harding came up short in his chase of Rory McIlroy in their group but undoubtedly turned heads during his final group stage match against Luke List. Harding not only defeated List 2-Up but he drained his approach shot at the par-4 9th for eagle.

Group 5

1. Lucas Bjerregaard (2-0-1)-Advances to face Henrik Stenson in Round of 16
T2. Matt Wallace (1-1-1), Justin Thomas (1-1-1)
4. Keegan Bradley (0-1-2)

Group 6

1. Marc Lieshman (3-0-0)-Advances to face Louis Oosthuizen in Round of 16
T2. Bryson DeChambeau (1-2-0), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (1-2-0), Russell Knox (1-2-0)

Group 7

1. Francesco Molinari (3-0-0)-Advances to face Paul Casey in Round of 16
2. Satoshi Kodaira (1-1-1)
3. Thorbjorn Olesen (1-2-0)
4. Webb Simpson (0-2-1)

As he did at the 2018 Ryder Cup, Francesco Molinari continued his match play dominance throughout the opening three days fo group play at the WGC Dell Match Play.

Group 8

1. Matt Kuchar (2-0-1)-Advances to face Tyrrell Hatton in Round of 16
2. J.B. Holmes (2-1-0)
3. Jon Rahm (1-1-1)
4. Si Woo Kim (0-3-0)

With their group up for grabs neither Matt Kuchar or Jon Rahm were willing to one another any breaks down the stretch on Friday.

Group 9

1. Tyrrell Hatton (2-0-1)-Advances to face Matt Kuchar in Round of 16
T2. Xander Schauffele (1-1-1), Rafa Cabrera Bello (1-1-1)
4. Lee Westwood (0-2-1)

He may have lost the match, and came in last in his group, but England’s Lee Westwood made the shot of the day with a hole in one at the par-3 11th Friday.

Group 10

1. Paul Casey (2-0-1)-Advances to face Francesco Molinari in Round of 16
2. Charles Howell III (1-1-1)
T3. Cameron Smith (1-2-0), Abraham Ancer (1-2-0)

Group 11

1. Louis Oosthuizen (2-1-0)-Advances to face Marc Leishman in Round of 16
T2. Tommy Fleetwood (1-1-1), Kyle Stanley (1-1-1)
4. Byeong Hun An (1-2-0)

Group 12

T1. Henrik Stenson (3-0-0)-Advances to face Lucas Bjerregaard in Round of 16
2. Jim Furyk (2-1-0)
3. Phil Mickelson (1-2-0)
4. Jason Day (0-3-0)

Despite an early deficit Friday, the 48-year old Jim Furyk refused to go quietly in a battle at the top of the 12th group against Henrik Stenson. The two had quite the battle of one-upsmanship at the par-4 10th but Stenson would end up taking the match down the stretch with a commanding 5&4 victory.

Group 13

1. Tiger Woods (2-1-0)-Advances to face Rory McIlroy in Round of 16
T2. Patrick Cantlay (1-1-1), Brandt Snedeker (1-1-1)
4. Aaron Wise (1-2-0)

On a day that saw a hole in one and a number of must see shots, few came close to igniting the crowd like Tiger Woods’ approach at the par-4 13th. With his second shot from the fairway Woods lofted his approach with it landing perfectly on the green, rolling in the hole for eagle and firing up the rowdy Austin crowd.

Group 14

1. Kevin Kisner (2-1-0)-Advances to face HaoTong Li in Round of 16
2. Ian Poulter (2-1-0)
T3. Tony Finau (1-2-0), Keith Mitchell (1-2-0)

Group 15

1. Kevin Na (2-1-0)-Advances to face Justin Rose in Round of 16
T2. Jordan Spieth (1-1-1), Billy Horschel (1-1-1)

4. Bubba Watson (1-2-0)

In typical Jordan Spieth short game style, the three-time major winner began to battle back against defending champion Bubba Watson with a chip-in for birdie to win the hole at the par-4 8th.

Group 16

1. Sergio Garcia (2-1-0)-Advances to face Branden Grace in Round of 16
T2. Patrick Reed (1-1-1), Shane Lowry (1-1-1)
4. Andrew Putnam (1-2-0)

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