WGC Dell Applied sciences: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson lose on Day 1 of match play

Dustin Johnson (Getty Pictures)

Two main upsets shocked the primary day of this week’s WGC Dell Applied sciences Match Play.

Recent off a win final week on the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy was defeated 2&1 to Peter Uihlein. McIlroy was 5 holes down via thirteen holes, however gained three straight to provide Uihlein one thing to consider down the stretch.

“I made him earn it no less than,” McIlroy stated after his spherical. “I made the rating line a bit extra respectable. I simply got here away a bit flat. I did not actually essentially play badly. He performed fairly nicely. It was a couple of underneath by way of 9, and obtained down early and he did not make a bogey all day. So it was — it was arduous to type of claw my means again.

“It was gusty on the market, the circumstances have been a bit of tough. As I stated, I made a run at him on the finish, nevertheless it was just a little too late.”

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson additionally misplaced Wednesday, falling three &1 to Bernd Wiesberger. The match was all sq. by way of 14 holes, however Wiesberger gained holes 15, sixteen and 17 to earn the shock victory.

“It was a great vibe. It was straightforward-going on the market,” Wiesberger stated after his spherical. “However clearly I do know I have to play a bit of bit higher than what I did today to hopefully get one other couple victories within the subsequent two days. I am anticipating robust matches towards these two guys. I have to deliver my A recreation once more. Just a bit bit of work later after which have a great couple hours relaxation and hopefully be prepared for tomorrow.”

Whereas Wiesberger nonetheless has lots of work to do to win this week, beating Johnson might assist him make the Ryder Cup this fall. Captain Thomas Bjorn certainly observed Wiesberger beating one of America’s prime skills.

In a smaller upset, pink-scorching Englishman Tommy Fleetwood was defeated by match-play legend Ian Poulter. 

Proving the world does nonetheless make sense, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas all gained their first matches.