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Spieth-Thomas headlines WGC-Dell Match Play groups

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The ping-pong balls have finally settled, and the groups for the WGC-Dell Match Play have been set. Here's a look at a few intriguing matchups that will occur during pool play:

Jordan Spieth vs. Justin Thomas: The two friends and former college rivals were drawn together and will meet Friday at Austin Country Club. Spieth notably beat Thomas in their match during the 2012 NCAA final.

Patrick Reed vs. Phil Mickelson: The two former Ryder Cup teammates will meet Friday in a compelling match that certainly won't lack any confidence among the participants.

Sergio Garcia vs. Lee Westwood: Speaking of former Ryder Cup teammates, Garcia and Westwood will meet during Wednesday's opening match.

Bubba Watson vs. J.B. Holmes: Lovers of the long ball, grab a seat. Watson and Holmes will play Friday in a match that could decide the group - and likely will include plenty of 300-plus yard drives.

Jason Day vs. Graeme McDowell: Fresh off his win at Bay Hill, Day gets a tricky opening matchup with McDowell, who has regained his form this season and has plenty of match-play experience.

Players will face each of the other three members in their group during pool play, with match winners earning a point and ties resulting in a half-point for each participant. The player with the most points from each group will advance to single-elimination knockout play.

The top-ranked player will face the lowest-ranked player in his group on Wednesday, followed by the third-ranked player Thursday and finally the second-ranked player Friday. Here's a look at each of the 16 groups:


WGC-Dell Match Play: Day 1 tee times

WGC-Dell Match Play: Full bracket


Group 1: Jordan Spieth (1), Justin Thomas (31), Victor Dubuisson (39), Jamie Donaldson (51)

Group 2: Jason Day (2), Paul Casey (23), Thongchai Jaidee (36), Graeme McDowell (62)

Group 3: Rory McIlroy (3), Kevin Na (26), Smylie Kaufman (46), Thorbjorn Olesen (64)

Group 4: Bubba Watson (4), J.B. Holmes (21), Emiliano Grillo (33), Patton Kizzire (63)

Group 5: Rickie Fowler (5), Byeong-Hun An (27), Scott Piercy (47), Jason Dufner (58)

Group 6: Adam Scott (6), Bill Haas (30), Chris Wood (41), Thomas Pieters (55)

Group 7: Justin Rose (7), Matt Kuchar (28), Anirban Lahiri (48), Fabian Gomez (57)

Group 8: Dustin Johnson (8), Jimmy Walker (22), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (37), Robert Streb (49)

Group 9: Patrick Reed (9), Phil Mickelson (17), Matthew Fitzpatrick (42), Daniel Berger (53)

Group 10: Danny Willett (10), Brooks Koepka (18), Billy Horschel (40), Jaco Van Zyl (50)

Group 11: Branden Grace (11), Russell Knox (32), David Lingmerth (38), Chris Kirk (54)

Group 12: Hideki Matsuyama (12), Kevin Kisner (20), Soren Kjeldsen (43), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (52)

Group 13: Sergio Garcia (13), Marc Leishman (25), Ryan Moore (45), Lee Westwood (59)

Group 14: Zach Johnson (14), Shane Lowry (24), Martin Kaymer (44), Marcus Fraser (60)

Group 15: Brandt Snedeker (15), Charl Schwartzel (19), Danny Lee (34), Charley Hoffman (56)

Group 16: Louis Oosthuizen (16), Andy Sullivan (29), Bernd Wiesberger (35), Matt Jones (61)