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2021 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play recaps: Day 3 at Austin CC

The bracket is set, and the matches are underway. Here’s a look at how the drama unfolded during the final day of pool play at Austin Country Club, with 16 players advancing to the one-and-done portion. Click here for the Day 1 match recaps. Click here for the Day 2 match recaps.

Group 1

Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Kevin Na (28)

Robert MacIntyre (41) vs. Adam Long (61)


Group 2

Justin Thomas (2) def. Louis Oosthuizen (22), 3 and 2: The first match to finish on Friday, between two major champions who had no chance of advancing. Thomas was 2 down through five holes, but finished eagle-par-birdie-birdie for the win. Oosthuizen went 0-3 this week.

Kevin Kisner (34) vs. Matt Kuchar (52)


Group 3

Jon Rahm (3) vs. Ryan Palmer (24)

Shane Lowry (38) def. Sebastian Munoz (56), 3 and 2: In a match pitting winless players, Lowry led by as many as 4 up through seven holes, thanks to four early birdies. That proved too much to overcome for the Colombian.


Group 4

Billy Horschel (32) def. Collin Morikawa (4), 3 and 2: Neither player made a bogey on the day, but Morikawa made only 2 birdies. Horschel, meanwhile, rolled in five birdies for the convincing win. Morikawa failed to win a match, going 0-2-1.

Max Homa def. J.T. Poston (63), 3 and 2: A win and Poston was into the Sweet 16, but Homa earned a playoff spot against Horschel despite making four bogeys. Poston never made a birdie after the fifth hole.

Playoff: Horschel vs. Homa


Group 5

Tommy Fleetwood (21) def. Bryson DeChambeau, 1 up: Fleetwood was 4 up through seven. He was 3 up through 13. But DeChambeau got 1 down with three to play. He was in great shape to earn a tie, which would have forced a Fleetwood-Rozer sudden-death playoff to advance from pool play, as the Englishman was in trouble off the tee on No. 18. But Fleetwood scrambled for par and a 1-up win, and a spot in the one-and-done.

Antoine Rozner (58) def. Si Woo Kim (45), 3 and 1: The Frenchman found his Bryson-beating form on Day 3, making five birdies and no bogeys. He was hoping for a playoff against Fleetwood, but it wasn’t to be.

Group winner: Tommy Fleetwood


Group 6

Xander Schauffele (6) vs. Scottie Scheffler (30)

Jason Day (44) vs. Andy Sullivan (57)


Group 7

Patrick Reed (7) vs. Joaquin Niemann (26)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (33) vs. Bubba Watson (55)


Group 8

Lee Westwood (18) def. Tyrrell Hatton (8), 4 and 3: Westwood kept alive his chances with a thumping of his fellow Englishman. Westwood was flawless on Friday, making four birdies and an eagle.

Matt Wallace (51) def. Garcia (39), 3 and 2: Garcia needed to beat or tie Wallace in order to advance, but never led after taking a 1-up advantage after the first hole.

Playoff: Westwood vs. Garcia


Group 9

Webb Simpson (9) vs. Paul Casey (17), tied: Simpson and Casey eliminated each other by halving their match. Casey led most of the day, but Simpson birdied the 16th hole to draw all square and the final two holes were matched in par.

Mackenzie Hughes (48) vs. Talor Gooch (59), tied: The Canadian advanced before his match was over, thanks to the Simpson-Casey tie. Hughes has not trailed at any point thus far this week.

Group winner: Mackenzie Hughes


Group 10

Patrick Cantlay (10) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (23)

Carlos Ortiz (42) vs. Brian Harman (54)


Group 11

Rory McIlroy (11) vs. Cameron Smith (25)

Lanto Griffin (46) vs. Ian Poulter (60)


Group 12

Tony Finau (12) def. Jason Kokrak (29), 2 up: The two combined for 11 birdies, seven bogeys and one double bogey.  A Kokrak birdie at No. 17 cut his deficit to 1 down, but a Finau birdie at No. 18 sealed the match.

Will Zalatoris (40) def. Dylan Frittelli (64), 2up: Frittelli lost the battle but won the group. Thanks to winning his first two matches, the former Texas Longhorn was the first player to officially advance to the Round of 16, despite making only two birdies on Friday.

Group winner: Dylan Frittelli


Group 13

Viktor Hovland (13) def. Abe Ancer (27), 1 up: Ancer played well; Hovland played better. Earning his first victory of the week, Hovland made an eagle and four birdies on the back nine to turn a 3-down deficit into a 1-up victory.

Kevin Streelman (53) def. Bernd Wiesberger (43), 1 up: An Ancer win would have locked up the group, but when he lost, Streelman needed to win his match vs. Wiesberger to force sudden death. Streelman birdied the 14th to go 1 up and made the advantage last.

Playoff: Streelman def. Ancer: Streelman birdied the first extra hole to move on to the weekend.

Group winner: Kevin Streelman


Group 14

Daniel Berger (14) vs. Harris English (19)

Brendon Todd (47) vs. Erik van Rooyen (62)


Group 15

Matt Fitzpatrick (15) vs. Matthew Wolff (20)

Corey Conners (37) vs. Jordan Spieth (49)


Group 16

Victor Perez (31) def. Sungjae Im (16), 2 and 1: Perez got off to a scorching start with birdies on his first three holes to go 3 up. Im was able to get 1 down with three to play, but Perez’s sixth birdie of the day at No. 16 and a par at No. 17 sealed victory.

Marc Leishman (36) vs. Russell Henley (50)

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