No upset of No. 1 as DJ rolls in first round

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AUSTIN, Texas – A day filled with a handful of upsets finally settled onto a predictable path thanks to world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who cruised to a 5-and-3 victory over Webb Simpson at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Although Johnson, who was 6 under for 15 holes, picked up where he left off following his victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship, his record at the Match Play had been less than stellar in the past, with last year’s trip to the quarterfinals his best result in eight starts.


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“I feel like my game is in really good form coming into this week,” said Johnson, who has finished third, first and first in his last three starts. “In years past I haven't been too comfortable. Just didn't feel like I was playing well coming into the Match Play. Right now I feel like I'm playing great.”

Second-seeded Rory McIlroy lost to Soren Kjeldsen, 2 and 1, and fifth-seeded Jordan Spieth was beaten by Hideto Tanihara, 4 and 2. All total, the higher seeded player won 17 of the 32 matches on Day 1.