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WGC Dell Match Play Round of 16 Set for the Weekend

Dustin Johnson Dell Match Play

After a pretty eventful group stage, the Round of 16 has been set at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship.

Here are the matchups (and seeds) for the first knockout round:

  • Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Zach Johnson (44)
  • Brooks Koepka (20) vs. Alex Noren (8)
  • Hideto Tanihara (54) vs. Paul Casey (12)
  • Bubba Watson (13) vs. Ross Fisher (47)
  • Marc Leishman (28) vs. Phil Mickelson (14)
  • Bill Baas (42) vs. Kevin Na (46)
  • Jon Rahm (21) vs. Charles Howell III (61)
  • William McGirt (48) vs. Soren Kjeldsen (62)

Current No. 1 in the world, Dustin Johnson, is looking to win his third straight PGA tour event of the year and second consecutive WGC title. He won the WGC-Mexico Championship at the beginning of the month.

Zach Johnson has his work cut out for him to the say the least. He’s taking the moment in stride though!

Phil Mickelson has not advanced out of the group stage since 2004, but did so this year by leading in 41 out of the 42 holes he played in the first three rounds. He will face off against Marc Leishman who is fresh off of his Arnold Palmer Invitational victory last weekend.

Jon Rahm — just 22 years old and only eight months into his professional career — advanced by defeating his fellow countryman, Sergio Garcia, who he grew up idolizing. Rahm also did so in dominant fashion, forcing Garcia to trail the entire match.

“Once I made that birdie [on No. 3], I got a lot of confidence on my swing and played really, really good golf from then on,” Rahm said. “Honestly, almost perfect.”

Rahm also said about Garcia, “I’ve been following his career forever. He’s a great role model of mine. And it was a really emotional win for me, just because he’s been such a great idol and role model for me to follow.”

Marc Leishman, Ross Fisher, Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, and Bill Haas all advanced by winning in sudden death.

The first knockout match will tee off at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

h/t: pgatour.com, espn.com, bleacherreport.com

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