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Dustin Johnson steamrolls Martin Kaymer in pursuit of third straight win

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Dustin Johnson steamrolls Martin Kaymer in pursuit of third straight win

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McIlroy knocked out without playing on Day 2

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AUSTIN, Texas – Rory McIlroy has never had a stranger week at the Match Play.

He lost to four straight birdies by Soren Kjeldsen on Wednesday. He didn’t play on Thursday when Gary Woodland withdrew for a personal matter. And it won’t matter how McIlroy plays on Friday, because he’ll be out of the tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Kjeldsen, the No. 62 seed in the tournament, had no trouble with Emiliano Grillo in a 4-and-3 victory. And because Kjeldsen was to play Woodland in the final day of round-robin play, the Dane is assured of going 3-0 and advancing out of the group.

About the only thing left for McIlroy is to decide whether he will enter the Shell Houston Open next week. He has until 5 p.m. to decide. Because of a rib injury that kept him out seven weeks, McIlroy has played only 14 competitive rounds this year.

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Spieth wins, but will need help to advance

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AUSTIN, Texas – When his match finally ended, Jordan Spieth’s play on the 13th hole at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play didn’t matter, but it was a fitting example of how difficult the conditions were on Day 2.

Spieth stepped to the tee at the short par-4 13th with a 3-up lead over Yuta Ikeda and facing a foreboding gale, but he chose to hit driver.

“What was not smart about it was that the fairway is pretty narrow with driver when I can’t carry it to the edge; 3-wood is actually a much better play,” said Spieth, who pulled his tee shot into a water hazard.


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“With the conditions that we had and that pin position, we had 4-iron, gap wedge and two-putt. It is that easy to do that. Normally you say it’s not that easy. It’s easy to hit 4-iron and gap wedge into the green and get it in in two.”

Fortunately for Spieth, Ikeda made a similar miscue and both players struggled to halve the hole with double bogey-6s. Spieth was steadier the rest of the way and won his match, 4 and 2, to keep his Match Play hopes alive.

Spieth will need to win his Friday match against Ryan Moore and have Hideto Tanihara lose his match against Ikeda to advance to the Round of 16.

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Gary Player is already talking trash to Jack Nicklaus about their Masters ceremonial tee shots

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Gary Player is already talking trash to Jack Nicklaus about their Masters ceremonial tee shots

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A year ago, Daniel Berger made Phil Mickelson putt a ONE-footer; They play again today. . .

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A year ago, Daniel Berger made Phil Mickelson putt a ONE-footer; They play again today at the WGC-Dell Match Play

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Bettinardi Queen B6 Limited Edition adds pure copper alloy insert, only 200 available

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Select run of Bettinardi Queen B6 Limited Editon, a wider-soled, blade-style model milled from carbon steel and Copper 110, will be available next week

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TaylorMade FlexTech bags bring innovation from bottom of the base to the top of your shoulders

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Three new TaylorMade FlexTech carry bags benefit from hinging base and dual-density padding in the straps

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WGC-Dell Match Play: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson keep rolling

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Live Blog: The latest scores, highlights, and news from Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

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You have to watch Sergio Garcia hit driver off the deck

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Sergio Garcia tried the hardest shot in golf—driver off the deck—and pulled it off successfully

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Book Excerpt: Augusta Is Missing Its King

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In this excerpt from the book, Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer, key figures explain what four-time Masters champion Arnold Palmer meant to them.

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