Golfers react to Jason Day's emotional press conference at WGC-Dell

Rickie Fowler prioritised the Arnold Palmer Invitational instead of the WGC Dell Match Play this year

Australia's Jason Day, who won last year's tournament, comes into Austin as the No. 3-ranked player in the world. They halved only five of the 17 holes they played. Each group has one player randomly selected from each pool to complete the group.

In other high-profile matches on the opening day of the WGC Match Play, world No.1 Dustin Johnson faces fellow American and former US Open victor Webb Simpson. Sixteen four-player pods play round-robin matches for three days, with the group winners joining a 16-man single-elimination playdown that will take place on Friday and Saturday.

The Dell Technologies Match Play prize money distribution including player earnings for each prize winning leaderboard position will be published when the tournament has been concluded.

Another birdie on the 10th took the 41-year-old Dane two up, but 2015 champion McIlroy got back on level terms with birdies on the 11th and 12th, the latter aided by a drive measured at 410 yards - albeit with the assistance of the wind, slope and a cart path.

Rory McIlroy 10 points to win at 7/1 with Bet on Brazil - It doesn't happen often that I go with a short-priced favourite, but I just can not overlook Rory. Having only returned from a rib injury two weeks ago, he's finished T7 and T4 in the past two events - hitting an incredibly impressive stride of form at the ideal time heading in to Augusta.

Two-time WGC-Matchplay victor Day and Leishman, the victor of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational Leishman, will then square off on Friday.

Dustin Johnson is actually No. 1 in the world rankings.

Jordan Spieth is listed at +1000. He made it to the round of 16 in last year's event and is coming off a big Ryder Cup showing last summer.

Who ISN'T playing at the WGC Dell Match Play? "There were some holes out there when Rory was driving it 100 yards or so past me", Kjeldsen said. I've had an very bad record in this event and, in the vehicle this morning, I was really determined to change that. "I kind of like that format". Martin said the only reason he came to Austin for the Match Play was that he felt a responsibility to the fans, and to his mother.

"I think if you went around and asked everybody, they would thoroughly enjoy more match play", Spieth told the European Tour. Match play is a fun format, but it's unpredictable.

"For me, four (events) in a row is just something I don't do". "I said, 'The news seems to be getting better".

"Playing one on one brings in a very mental side of golf".

"I'm hoping for a speedy recovery for her, and we can get this behind us and she can live a long life", Day said. I play not even half that many.

Rory McIlroy was no different from the other 63 players at the Dell Technologies Match Play. He will be putting his honeymoon on hold to play in the Masters, however.

Both Tommy Fleetwood and Jeunghun Wang now sit inside the top 50, with Tommy all but guaranteed to be going thanks to a great run of results that sees him at World No.33.



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