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QUICK TAKE: Best Matches of the WGC-Match Play Championship

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will face each other Friday during the WGC-Match Play Championship.

The WGC-Match Play Championship is set to get underway tomorrow at Austin (Texas) Country Club, an exciting Pete Dye design that sets up well for match play.

The event’s relatively new format puts the 64 competitors into groups of four as they play each member of their respective pod in a round-robin pool. The best of each group advances to the final 16, where single elimination takes place.

Here are the best opening foursomes with some intriguing matches:

Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed-Haotong Li-Charl Schwartzel

Spieth, the local favorite, will face Reed on Friday. The two have played 12 matches together as teammates in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, but this time they will be going against each other. Li and Schwartzel hope to crash the party.

Justin Thomas-Francesco Molinari-Patton Kizzire-Luke List

This is a rematch from the Honda Classic playoff a few weeks ago, when Thomas defeated List. Kizzire has won twice this season on the PGA Tour.

Dustin Johnson-Kevin Kisner-Adam Hadwin-Bernd Wiesberger

A brutally difficult group for Johnson, the No. 1 overall player. Kisner and Hadwin both played in the Presidents Cup last year and Wiesberger won two matches in this event last year.

Rory McIlroy-Brian Harman-Jhonattan Vegas-Peter Uihlein

McIlroy has won this event before and now has confidence from winning last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. His group is no pushover, however, as Harman has six top-10 finishes this season and Vegas, a former Texas Longhorn, will be playing in front of his fans.

Jason Day-Louis Oosthuizen-Jason Dufner-James Hahn

Day and Oosthuizen played in the 2015 championship match, which Day won, 5 and 4. Dufner has made six of seven cuts this season and Hahn has made all 10 of his cuts, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Sony Open.

WGC-MATCH PLAY LEADERBOARD


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