Phil Mickelson and Marc Leishman were headed for a Saturday showdown in the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship after winning their respective groups in the round-robin phase in Texas. Mickelson finished group play in style at 3-0-0 on Friday with a 6&5 thumping of fellow American J.B. Holmes at Austin Country Club. Leishman also advanced to the knockout phase of the World Golf Championship event, but only barely, winning a three-way playoff with Englishman Lee Westwood and Pat Perez after they all finished with the same 2-1-0 record in their group.
Here is how things played out on Day 3 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 16 players advanced to the single-elimination portion of the event. Click here to view the pool standings and click here for the full bracket. Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) def. Jimmy Walker (18), 5 and 3: The world's best is playing like it. He still has yet to trail after a single hole this week and was 6 up through seven holes today. He went 3-0-0. Walker went 1-2-0. Group 1: Martin Kaymer (41) def. Webb Simpson (58), 3 and 2: Simpson double bogeyed the first hole and never recovered. He went 0-3-0 this week. Kaymer was a respectable 2-1-0. But no one in the group could match DJ. Group 2: Soren Kjeldsen (62) def.
The Spanish duel in the Texas rain turned into a rout. Jon Rahm ran countryman Sergio Garcia out of the Dell Technologies Match Play with a 6-and-4 victory Friday in a pairing that put the young bull of Spanish golf against its elder statesman. No contest, not on this day. The victory put Rahm at 3-0 in group play and moved him on to Saturday's quarterfinals against Charles Howell III. Beating a childhood idol made for a sweet victory for the 22-year-old Rahm, but it also felt like a hit to the Spanish flag. Garcia, 37, failed to advance past the third round for the sixth consecutive year. "I'd rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make