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.
“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.