Rory McIlroy has plenty of work to do to win a second WGC Match Play title after losing 2&1 to Soren Kjeldsen in their opening group match in Austin, Texas. The 2015 champion had a one hole advantage with five holes to play but Kjeldsen won three of the next four holes to wrap up the match on the 17th. The world number two needs two wins from his next two matches to have any chance of reaching the last 16. Next up for McIlroy is the man he defeated in the final two years ago, Gary Woodland who beat Emiliano Grillo 3&2.
Shane Lowry didn't win his opening match either but his chances of reaching the last 16 are still in his own hands after a halved match against Sergio Garcia. The Offaly man was 1-Up heading up the 18th, but a three-putt bogey on the final hole handed the Spaniard a half. If Lowry wins his final two matches against John Rahm and Kevin Chappell, it should be enough to see him top his group. Lowry plays Rahm today.
Reigning champion Jason Day has withdrawn from the tournament to be with his mother, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is having surgery tomorrow. The Australian was three down to Pat Perez after six holes when he conceded his match.