High Seeds Struggle on Match Play First Day

30 April 2015, Posted by 0

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth cruised to first-round wins at the WGC-Cadillac Championship Match Play round-robin on Thursday, but many other top seeds did not fair as well.

No. 3 Henrik Stenson fell to No. 65 John Senden in 19 holes; No. 6 Justin Rose, last week’s winner at the Zurich Open, was dropped by No. 60 Marc Leishman 3 and 2; No. 50 Charley Hoffman knocked off No. 7 Jason Day, 4 and 3; and No. 70 Francesco Molinari upended No. 9 Adam Scott 5 and 4 in a wild first day.

The winner of each round-robin group moves on to Saturday’s quarterfinals; group play continues Thursday and Friday in San Francisco.

Wednesday’s complete results are listed below:

Group 1: Rory McIlroy def. Jason Dufner 5&4; Billy Horschel def. Brandt Snedeker 5&4.

Group 16: Hideki Matsuyama def. Alexander Levy 5&4; Joost Luiten def. Kevin Na, 19 holes.

Group 8: Dustin Johnson def. Matt Jones 3&1; Charl Schwartzel def. Victor Dubuisson 5&4.

Group 9: Francesco Molinari def. Adam Scott 5&4; Paul Casey def. Chris Kirk, 22 holes.

Group 2: Jordan Spieth def. Mikko Ilonen, 4&2; Lee Westwood def. Matt Every 1-up.

Group 15: Patrick Reed def. Andy Sullivan 2&1; Danny Willett def. Ryan Moore 3&2.

Group 7: Charley Hoffman def. Jason Day 4&3; Zach Johnson def. Branden Grace 2 up.

Group 10: Sergio Garcia def. Tommy Fleetwood 2 up; Jamie Doanldson def. Bernd Wiesberger 1 up.

Group 3: John Senden def. Henrik Stenson, 19 holes; Bill Haas def. Brendon Todd, 3&2.

Group 14: Hunter Mahan def. Stephen Gallacher 7&6; Ben Martin def. Matt Kuchar 1 up.

Group 6: Marc Leishman def. Justin Rose 3&2; Anirban Lahiri def. Ryan Palmer 4&2.

Group 11: Gary Woodland def. Jimmy Walker 19 holes; Webb Simpson def. Ian Poulter 3&2.

Group 4: Louis Oosthuizen def. Keegan Bradley 6&5; Bubba Watson def. Miguel Angel Jimenez 5&4.

Group 13: Rickie Fowler def. Harris English 1 up; Shane Lowry def. Graeme McDowell 1 up.

Group 5: Jim Furyk def. George Coetzee 3&2; Martin Kaymer def. Thongchai Jaidee 3&1.

Group 12: Marc Warren def. J.B. Holmes 2&1; Brooks Koepka def. Russell Henley 1 up.

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