WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play Day 1

Ian Poulter wins 6&5

WGC – Match Play 2021 R1
March 24-28
Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas
$10,500,000
Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5


Estimated reading time: 4 minutes


Rory McIlroy fired two birdies in the thirteen holes he played with Ian Poulter, hit only six of ten fairways and sent one of his tee shots into a pool at the fifth while Poulter won five back-to-back holes starting from the 9th to win 6 and 5.


WGC – Match Play 2021 R1

“He missed a couple of tee shots left,” said Poulter. “From that point he was trying to hit a kind of a bit of a hold-up cut. But it’s Rory, it doesn’t take a lot for Rory to spark up pretty quickly and I wasn’t surprised with anything, I just felt that I had done a pretty decent job of putting him under pressure, I made it difficult for him.”

“I kind of like the (win) or bust attitude, to be honest with you. It gets the adrenaline going, the ticker starts going and quite frankly you’ve just got to (win) or bust. You got to pony up and hit shots,” Poulter said.


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“The ebbs and flows that you have in a great match, that, if you get your ball in first, sometimes, it loads the pressure on your opponent and especially when you’re in front like that, you can at times force him to make a mistake.”

It was McIlroy’s biggest loss in Match Play since losing to Ben Crane 8 and 7, in the second round in 2011.


WGC – Match Play 2021 R1

Antoine Rozner’s victory at the Qatar Masters two weeks ago moved him to 63rd in the World Rankings and qualified him for the WGC Championship. He held a 3-up lead after 12 holes, DeChambeau won the 13th then Rozner holed a 26-foot par putt on 14. DeChambeau was 1-down with two holes remaining and lost when Rozner holed an 8-foot birdie on 18.

“I think I’m just trying to play good golf and it’s the strongest field I ever played against, so I’m enjoying it, I had a lot of fun today out there and, yeah, I’m very happy,” said Rozner, who is hoping to qualify for the Ryder Cup.

“It’s a dream. It’s a goal. I’m still quite far behind in the rankings and I think in Padraig’s mind for the Ryder Cup, so I’m just trying to play good golf,” Rozner said. “If I can be in that team, for sure that would be amazing for me.”


WGC – Match Play 2021 R1

Robert MacIntyre fired two eagles in his final five holes for a 2-and-1 win over Kevin Na.

2019 champion Kevin Kisne won his seventh straight match by beating Louis Oosthuizen.

World number 1 Dustin Johnson found the water on the par-5 12th and lost the 13th after three-putting from 15 feet but won his match against Adam Long on the 18th.

“Winning your first match definitely helps,” Johnson said. “But you’ve still got to go pretty much win all three matches if you want to advance.”



WGC – Match Play 2021 R1

Group
Player
 
Score
 
Player
11
MCILROY, Rory
 
6&5
<
POULTER, Ian
11
SMITH, Cameron
>
1UP
 
GRIFFIN, Lanto
6
SCHAUFFELE, Xander
 
Halved
 
SULLIVAN, Andy
6
SCHEFFLER, Scottie
>
2UP
 
DAY, Jason
14
BERGER, Daniel
>
6&4
 
VAN ROOYEN, Erik
14
ENGLISH, Harris
>
1UP
 
TODD, Brendon
3
RAHM, Jon
>
1UP
 
MUNOZ, Sebastian
3
PALMER, Ryan
>
4&2
 
LOWRY, Shane
10
CANTLAY, Patrick
>
1UP
 
HARMAN, Brian
10
MATSUYAMA, Hideki
 
4&3
<
ORTIZ, Carlos
7
REED, Patrick
 
Halved
 
WATSON, Bubba
7
NIEMANN, Joaquin
 
Halved
 
BEZUIDENHOUT, Christiaan
15
FITZPATRICK, Matthew
 
3&1
<
SPIETH, Jordan
15
WOLFF, Matthew
>
3&1
 
CONNERS, Corey
2
THOMAS, Justin
 
3&2
<
KUCHAR, Matt
2
OOSTHUIZEN, Louis
 
2&1
<
KISNER, Kevin
12
FINAU, Tony
 
6&5
<
FRITTELLI, Dylan
12
KOKRAK, Jason
>
1UP
 
ZALATORIS, Will
5
DECHAMBEAU, Bryson
 
2UP
<
ROZNER, Antoine
5
FLEETWOOD, Tommy
 
Halved
 
KIM, Si Woo
13
HOVLAND, Viktor
 
4&2
<
STREELMAN, Kevin
13
ANCER, Abraham
>
3&2
 
WIESBERGER, Bernd
4
MORIKAWA, Collin
 
Halved
 
POSTON, J. T.
4
HORSCHEL, Billy
>
1UP
 
HOMA, Max
9
SIMPSON, Webb
>
6&5
 
GOOCH, Talor
9
CASEY, Paul
 
3&2
<
HUGHES, Mackenzie
8
HATTON, Tyrrell
 
Halved
 
WALLACE, Matt
8
WESTWOOD, Lee
 
4&3
<
GARCIA, Sergio
16
IM, Sungjae
>
1UP
 
HENLEY, Russell
16
PEREZ, Victor
>
2&1
 
LEISHMAN, Marc
1
JOHNSON, Dustin
>
2UP
 
LONG, Adam
1
NA, Kevin
 
2&1
<
MACINTYRE, Robert