The WGC-Cadillac Match Play has a new format, with round-robin play over the first three days at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. The field of 64 is split into 16 groups of four players, with one winner from each pool advancing to one-and-done match play over the weekend. The groups were set Monday via a live selection show on Golf Channel. Here's how things are played out. Scroll from bottom to top (All times ET):
1:07PM: The matchups are set. Here are your groups for Wednesday-Friday's pool play:
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|Rory McIlroy||Jordan Spieth||Henrik Stenson||Bubba Watson|
|Billy Horschel||Lee Westwood||Bill Haas||Louis Oosthuizen|
|Brandt Snedeker||Matt Every||Brendon Todd||Keegan Bradley|
|Jason Dufner||Mikko Ilonen||John Senden||Miguel Angel Jimenez|
|Group 5||Group 6||Group 7||Group 8|
|Jim Furyk||Justin Rose||Jason Day||Dustin Johnson|
|Martin Kaymer||Ryan Palmer||Zach Johnson||Victor Dubuisson|
|Thongchai Jaidee||Anirban Lahiri||Branden Grace||Charl Schwartzel|
|George Coetzee||Marc Leishman||Charley Hoffman||Matt Jones|
|Group 9||Group 10||Group 11||Group 12|
|Adam Scott||Sergio Garcia||Jimmy Walker||J.B. Holmes|
|Chris Kirk||Jamie Donaldson||Ian Poulter||Brooks Koepka|
|Paul Casey||Bernd Wiesberger||Webb Simpson||Russell Henley|
|Francesco Molinari||Tommy Fleetwood||Gary Woodland||Marc Warren|
|Group 13||Group 14||Group 15||Group 16|
|Rickie Fowler||Matt Kuchar||Patrick Reed||Hideki Matsuyama|
|Graeme McDowell||Hunter Mahan||Ryan Moore||Kevin Na|
|Shane Lowry||Stephen Gallacher||Danny Willett||Joost Luiten|
|Harris English||Ben Martin||Andy Sullivan||Alexander Levy|
1:02PM: And in the final group, Jimmy Walker gets the unenviable task of dealing with Ian Poulter. Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland get Poulter, too. It's match play. No wants Poulter. He's the 2010 WGC champion, 22-12 at this event, and 4-0-1 in Ryder Cup singles.
1:00PM: Sunday's Zurich champion Justin Rose pulls Ryan Palmer, Anirban Lahiri, and Marc Leishman. Rose was overpowering at Gleneagles last fall. Leishman is back after pulling out of the Masters because of a family health scare.
12:58PM: Skechers pitchman Matt Kuchar gets a Ryder Cup teammate, Hunter Mahan, a Ryder Cup rival, Stephen Gallacher, and Ben Martin. Mahan won this event in 2012, and then lost in the final to Kuchar in 2013.
12:56PM: The No. 3 player in the world Henrik Stenson comes away with Bill Haas, Brendon Todd and John Senden. Stenson 13-7 at the WGC-Match Play. The winner in 2007.
12:49PM: In Group 10, Sergio Garcia finds Ryder Cup teammate Jamie Donaldson, Bernd Wiesberger and Tommy Fleetwood. European hearts beat a quicker beat.
12:46PM: Defending champion Jason Day gets Zach Johnson, Branden Grace and Charley Hoffman. You'd expect to see Day get out of this one and put up a fight to retain his title.
12:43PM: Patrick Reed faces 2004 U.S. Amateur champion Ryan Moore, Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan in Group 15. With these last two groups set to square off Saturday, will we get a showdown between Ryder Cup partners Spieth and Reed? Can Sean O'Hair join them? Valspar was fun.
12:41PM: Our Masters champion is up. In Group 2, Jordan Spieth lands Lee Westwood, Matt Every, and Mikko Ilonen. Westwood has plenty of match-play experience, but a 14-21 combined WGC and Ryder Cup singles record.
12:35PM: In Group 12, it'll be a deep-ball contest between two guys who have already won on Tour this year: J.B. Holmes and Brooks Koepka. Russell Henley and Marc Warren round it out.
12:33PM: A face off between two U.S. Open champions highlights Group 5. It'll be Jim Furyk vs. Martin Kaymer, with Thongchai Jaidee and George Coetzee.
12:31PM: Rickie Fowler draws a match-play nightmare in Graeme McDowell. McDowell is 3-1 in Ryder Cup singles, 9-8 in the WGC, and, like Casey, a former Volvo World Match Play champion. They're joined Shane Lowry and Harris English.
12:28PM: Group 4 features a rematch of the 2012 Masters playoff between Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen. Those two are joined by match-play enthuiast Keegan Bradley and the Dos Equis guy: Miguel Angel Jimenez.
12:22PM: Across from Group 8, Group 9 pools Adam Scott, Chris Kirk, Paul Casey and Francesco Molinari. Casey is a three-time Ryder Cupper who has twice made, and lost, the Match Play final (2009, 2010). Also won the European Tour's World Match Play Championship in 2006.
12:20PM: Dustin Johnson will be joined in Group 8 by Victor Dubuisson, Charl Schwartzel and Matt Jones. Dubuisson lost to Jason Day in the final last year. Schwartzel took down DJ at the Presidents Cup in 2011.
12:18PM: The winner of Group 1 will play the winner of Group 16, consisting of Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na, Joost Luiten, and Alexander Levy.
12:15PM: And we're off. Group 1: Rory McIlroy, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, and Jason Dufner. That's two major champions, and two FedEx Cup champions. McIlroy and Horschel played together in the final group at last year's Tour Championship and actually squared off twice in match play at the 2007 Walker Cup. Split the matches.
12:05PM: Talk of a "Group of Death" ensues. Can we get this guy to the studio, ASAP?
Noon: The selection show is underway with ping-pong balls rattling around plastic bowls to determine who is going where, meaning the New York Knicks will get the No. 1 pick. Ewing vs. Rory?
11:35AM: Here is a look at the overall field. The top 16 players will comprise the No. 1 seeds in each group, with one player from the other three groups joining them:
1. Rory McIlroy
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Henrik Stenson
4. Bubba Watson
5. Jim Furyk
6. Justin Rose
7. Jason Day
8. Dustin Johnson
9. Adam Scott
10. Sergio Garcia
11. Jimmy Walker
12. J.B. Holmes
13. Rickie Fowler
14. Matt Kuchar
15. Patrick Reed
16. Hideki Matsuyama
17. Martin Kaymer
18. Billy Horschel
19. Brooks Koepka
20. Kevin Na
21. Victor Dubuisson
22. Ryan Palmer
23. Bill Haas
24. Zach Johnson
25. Chris Kirk
26. Lee Westwood
27. Ian Poulter
28. Ryan Moore
29. Louis Oosthuizen
30. Jamie Donaldson
31. Hunter Mahan
32. Graeme McDowell
33. Keegan Bradley
34. Anirban Lahiri
35. Brandt Snedeker
36. Paul Casey
37. Charl Schwartzel
38. Branden Grace
39. Bernd Wiesberger
40. Matt Every
41. Stephen Gallacher
42. Brendon Todd
43. Joost Luiten
44. Thongchai Jaidee
45. Russell Henley
46. Webb Simpson
47. Shane Lowry
48. Danny Willett
49. Charley Hoffman
50. Gary Woodland
51. Marc Warren
52. Alexander Levy
53. Jason Dufner
54. Tommy Fleetwood
55. Harris English
56. Marc Leishman
57. Andy Sullivan
58. Matt Jones
59. George Coetzee
60. John Senden
61. Ben Martin
62. Mikko Ilonen
63. Miguel A. Jimenez
64. Francesco Molinari