DELL MATCH: JOHNSON LIVING UP TO NO. 1 RANKING
Dustin Johnson continues to cruise through weather and opponents to reach the Match Play round of 16.
Dustin Johnson has performed up to the expectations that come with being
the top-ranked golfer in the world. On Friday, he effectively dealt with rain and thick humidity and easily earned a spot in Saturday’s round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. The day before, he conquered gale-force winds. And he opened play Wednesday with a relaxing, five-hole-advan- tage blowout.
“No matter what ranking I am, I feel like I should win,” said Johnson, who beat Jimmy Walker 5 and 3 Friday, “but I’m playing well.
“But anything can happen in match play.”
Yes, zany things can happen in match play. It’s why most of the tournament’s other top seeds, including former Texas Longhorns star Jordan Spieth, didn’t make it to the weekend rounds.
After tying Ryan Moore on Friday afternoon, Spieth will scale back his weekend plans. He said he’ll celebrate his sister’s 16th birthday, practice a bit, relax, then head to Houston for next week’s Shell Open. From
there, it’s on to the Masters, which will start April 6. Spieth couldn’t overcome hisopening loss to Japan’s Hideto Tanihara, who earned the group’s spot in the round of 16.
Spieth, the fifth seed, finished his
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson fist-bumps a fan as he walks on the 10th hole Friday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Johnson defeated Jimmy Walker 5 and 3 to remain unbeaten during the event.