Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Dell Match Play: Who will survive and advance in Austin?

Dell Match Play: Who will survive and advance in Austin?

"Dustin's number one in the world and I'm 50th in the world, I'm not anxious". It really is. Just because I feel like most tournaments, especially now with where my game is, I can get it around well enough over four days to at least scrape a top-10 out or a top 15; where here it's like, no, you just lose, you know what I mean, and you're not going to do that. Thomas, however, said the format could actually make things easier this week. Obviously the T-22nd, I felt like I played a lot better than that. "If it was stroke play then I may have a little harder time".

They make up one of 16 four-player groups that will play round-robin matches from Wednesday through Friday at the Austin Country Club, with the victor of each group advancing to a single elimination bracket at the weekend. You won't see him until the Masters (barring a surprising change of heart to play next week in Houston). If he was showing any sort of form, not - trying to say this in the most non-gambling way - but Vegas just isn't going to let you get those kind of odds on Tiger Woods.

List will open Dell Match Play competition in a pool with Thomas, the world's No. 2 player, Italy's Francesco Molinari and Patton Kizzire.

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"Knowing the golf course, being familiar with everything and, again, being in good shape, I can take down anybody". Even if I've missed the cut, I've had recent competitive rounds where I've been out and playing in competition. I think everyone has tough competitors this week, because it doesn't matter who the favorite is.

Day heads up Group 8 in the 16-group round robin matches. The victor of each group advances to Saturday's Round of 16, where single-elimination begins.

Making his WGC debut is Day's countryman Cameron Smith.

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Leishman has twice made the Round of 16 in just four starts in the event and has three top tens in eight starts this season including a 7th last week at Bay Hill.

The PGA Tour is ramping up security for the WGC-Dell Match Play tournament in Austin this week, saying that it is working with Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement authorities after four unsolved bombings in the city this month.

Day's fellow Australian Marc Leishman, also a top-16 seed, has drawn South Africa's Branden Grace as well as two-time Masters victor Bubba Watson and American Julian Suri.

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Jason Day will no doubt be in the frame come the latter stages of the match-play event given that he won the tournament in both 2016 and 2014, and finished 3rd in 2013.

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