NBC Sports Group Announces Plans Surrounding 2016 Ryder Cup (Sept. 26-Oct. 2)

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 31, 2016, 3:55 pm

Ryder Cup Programming Led by More Than 25 LiveHours of Competition on Golf Channel and NBC

Mike Tirico to Host NBC Sports’ Ryder Cup Coverage; David Feherty to Make Ryder Cup Broadcast Debut after Competing in 1991 for European Team

Three-Part Road to the Ryder Cup Series to Provide Overview on Players, Captains and Top Storylines, Airing on NBC: Sept. 4, 11, and 25

NBC Sports’ Promotional Campaign Utilizes Opera Music to CaptureMost Dramatic Event in Golf: “It’s Not Golf, It’s the Ryder Cup”

Trip to 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris & Ryder Cup Trophy Tour Kick-Off Across NBCUniversal On-Air Platforms Highlight Ryder Cup Fan Engagement

NBC Sports Group has announced its plans for the 2016 Ryder Cup – the most electrifying three days in golf – featuring the United States against Europe in the historic biennial international match-play competition, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club, outside of Minneapolis. Led by more than 25 hours of all-encompassing live action from the 1st tee through the final putt of each scheduled match on Golf Channel (Friday) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday), coverage will be complemented by Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup programming, making up nearly 90 live hours, and more than 170 total hours of Ryder Cup-themed programming Sept. 26-Oct. 2 on Golf Channel and NBC.

NBC Sports Group All-Encompassing Live Coverage of Every Match, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 25 hours to showcasing live action of the Ryder Cup, featuring all-encompassing coverage from the first tee shot of Friday’s opening match through the conclusion of Sunday’s singles matches. Golf Channel will televise Day 1 matches on Friday, Sept. 30, while NBC will carry the final two days of the competition, Saturday-Sunday Oct. 1-2:    

Friday, Sept. 30          8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. ET                2016 Ryder Cup – Day 1        Golf Channel

Saturday, Oct. 1          9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET                     2016 Ryder Cup – Day 2        NBC

Sunday, Oct. 2            Noon-6 p.m. ET                      2016 Ryder Cup – Final Day    NBC

Ryder Cup Broadcast Team

NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will host all three days of coverage, as well as the trophy presentation on Sunday. Dan Hicks and Terry Gannon will handle play-by-play duties, while Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo (Friday morning) and David Feherty (Saturday morning) will rotate as lead analyst in the 18th tower. Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Curt Byrum and Tom Abbott will serve as tower analysts, while Feherty – making his Ryder Cup broadcast debut after competing in the event as a member of the European team in 1991 – Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay and Jerry Foltz will walk inside the ropes as on-course reporters. Steve Sands will conduct player interviews, and Jimmy Roberts will provide essays.

Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup

Originating from a dedicated set positioned between the 1st tee and 18th green, Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cupwill kick off Monday, Sept. 26, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 2. A second ancillary set on-site will be utilized for interviews throughout the week. Rich Lerner (primetime), Ryan Burr and Kelly Tilghman will anchor the network’s coverage, while Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, David Duval, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Jim Gallagher Jr., Paul McGinley and Colin Montgomerie will serve as analysts. Todd Lewis and Steve Burkowski will provide reports and conduct player interviews, while Tim Rosaforte and Rex Hoggard will offer insider perspective throughout the week.

‘Road to the Ryder Cup’ Airing on NBC

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Feherty and Rolfing, the three-part Road to the Ryder Cup series will offer exclusive insight from those whom will play the most prominent roles at Hazeltine, including U.S. captain Davis Love III, European captain Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Ryder Cup hopeful, Bubba Watson. The series also will highlight what ultimately led to the creation of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force, the history of the event, and a detailed overview on Hazeltine National Golf Club. Parts I, II and II of Road to the Ryder Cup will air on NBC, leading into live coverage of the FedExCup Playoffs, ahead of the 3rd Round of the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sunday, Sept. 4, 2:30-3 p.m. ET); the Final Round of the BMW Championship (Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:30-2 p.m. ET); and the Final Round of the TOUR Championship (Sunday, Sept. 25, 1-1:30 p.m. ET). An exclusive preview to Part I of Road to the Ryder Cup can be viewed here.

Promotional Campaign: It’s Not Golf, It’s The Ryder Cup

Building upon the extraordinary moments in golf this summer playing out on Golf Channel and NBC, including The Open in July, golf’s return to the Olympics in August and the FedExCup Playoffs in September, Golf Channel has introduced a promotional campaign featuring opera music, set against the backdrop of dramatic moments unique to the Ryder Cup. The first two spots, ‘Ecstasy’ (Libiamo ne’ lieti calici – Guisippi Verdi’s La Traviata) and ‘Fanatics’ (Dalibor) premiered during the network’s coverage of The Open and Olympics, and the third spot, ‘Epic’ (Aida) will debut during this weekend’s NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage, including both NASCAR Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup races. Golf Channel’s “It’s Not Golf, It’s The Ryder Cup” campaign is targeting sports fans across a wide-spectrum of media platforms, including ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network, AMC, Discovery, History, A&E, Food, FX, and TNT, as well as prominent NBC Sports assets including Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, Premier League, NBCSN and a variety of NBCUniversal platforms, including CNBC, MSNBC, Esquire, Weather, and SB Nation.

“Ultimate Ryder Cup Fanatic” Campaign to Offer Trip to 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris

Beginning this week, Golf Channel will be searching for the Ultimate Ryder Cup Fanatic, asking fans to submit their best video (up to 60 seconds), for a chance to win a trip for two to Paris for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Between now and Sunday, Sept. 18, fans can visit https://www.golfchannel.com/ryder-cup-fanatic/ to submit their video. To help drive awareness to the NBCSports’ Ryder Cup coverage, the three finalists will be posted on Golf Channel Digital on Friday, Sept. 23, where fans can vote on their favorite and have a chance to win prizes. The ultimate winner will be chosen by a combination of fan votes and a panel of Golf Channel commentators, and is scheduled to be announced on Morning Drive on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Ryder Cup Trophy Tour Kicks Off with NBCU On-Air Platform Integrations

On Monday, the PGA of America kicked off its Ryder Cup Trophy Tour, offering sports fans around the United States a chance to engage with the Cup in the weeks leading up to the biennial competition. The tour officially got underway across the networks of NBCUniversal, with the trophy making an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, followed by a visit on TODAY on NBC, and an appearance on NBCSN’s Dan Patrick Show. In all, the Ryder Cup tour will include 13 cities leading up to the competition at the end of September, and will be profiled across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, including Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and local NBC affiliates.


Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each day of Ryder Cup week with the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. The show will feature a dedicated set on-site at Hazeltine, which will provide a backdrop for live reports from Gary Williams, Cara Robinson, John Cook and Matt Ginella, who will be joined by special guests throughout the week.

Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 1999, 2012, 2014 Ryder Cups

In the month leading up to the 2016 Ryder Cup, viewers will have an opportunity to relive the final day of three of the most recent Ryder Cups contested as part of three special episodes of Golf’s Greatest Rounds. The 2014 Ryder Cup final day will air on Tuesday, Sept. 6 (8-10 p.m. ET), while the unforgettable 1999 and 2012 Ryder Cups will air on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (8-10 p.m. ET) and Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) respectively.

Feherty: Tuesday, Sept. 20 (10 p.m. ET) – ’14 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley

Premiering on Tuesday, Sept. 20, David Feherty will be joined by 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley on a new episode of Feherty. McGinley reflects on his two-year journey as the 2014 European Ryder Cup captain, and looks back on the strange circumstance that led to him conceding an 18th hole putt to J.J. Henry while competing as a player at the 2006 Ryder Cup.             

The Golf Fix

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air live on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. ET from the driving range at Hazeltine National Golf Club. The episode will feature special guests, and Breed’s instruction will center around keys to tailoring your game for match play, and how to succeed under pressure.

PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center

On Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Midnight ET, PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center will premiere a new episode dedicated to the Ryder Cup. Special guests will include past Ryder Cup participants Lee Trevino, Bill Rogers and Jerry Pate. Tom Lehman, vice captain for the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team, also is expected to take part in the episode.

International Ryder Cup Programming

Golf Channel will produce live international Ryder Cup news programming in both Japanese and Mandarin. These productions will complement the international distribution of Golf Central’s Live From the Ryder Cup, which is distributed to markets within Golf Channel’s worldwide footprint in more than 80 countries, 200 million households and 11 languages.

2016 Ryder Cup Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Sunday, September 4

2:30-3 p.m.                  Road to the Ryder Cup – Part I                                             NBC

Tuesday, September 6

8-10 p.m.                     Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 2014 Ryder Cup                           Golf Channel

Sunday, September 11

1:30-2 p.m.                  Road to the Ryder Cup – Part II                                            NBC

Tuesday, September 13

8-10 p.m.                     Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 1999 Ryder Cup                           Golf Channel

Tuesday, September 20

10-11 p.m.                   Feherty – 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley               Golf Channel

Wednesday, September 21

8-11 p.m.                     Golf’s Greatest Rounds – 2012 Ryder Cup                           Golf Channel

Sunday, September 25

1-1:30 p.m.                  Road to the Ryder Cup – Part III                                           NBC

Monday, September 26

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                      Golf Channel

6-7 p.m.                       The Golf Fix                                                                         Golf Channel

7-8:30 p.m.                  Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                   Golf Channel

Tuesday, September 27

Midnight-12:30 a.m.   PGA TOUR Champions Learning Center                                  Golf Channel

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                       Golf Channel

9 a.m.-6 p.m.               Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Wednesday, September 28

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                       Golf Channel

9 a.m.-6 p.m.               Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Thursday, September 29

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                        Golf Channel

9 a.m.-5 p.m.               Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                     Golf Channel

5-8 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup, Opening Ceremony     Golf Channel

Friday, September 30

6-8:30 a.m.                  Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.          2016 Ryder Cup – Day 1                                                        Golf Channel

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Saturday, October 1

6-9 a.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

9 a.m.-7 p.m.               2016 Ryder Cup – Day 2                                                        NBC

7-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

Sunday, October 2

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive                                                                       Golf Channel

9 a.m.-Noon                Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                     Golf Channel

Noon-6 p.m.                2016 Ryder Cup – Final Day                                                    NBC

6-9 p.m.                       Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup                                    Golf Channel

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Trio lead Kia Classic; Davies shoots 82

By Associated PressMarch 23, 2018, 3:01 am

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Laura Davies had a nightmare round days after contending for a title at age 54, and Caroline Hedwall, Jackie Stoelting and Hee Young Park topped the Kia Classic leaderboard.

Davies shot a 10-over 82 on Thursday at rainy Aviara Golf Club - four days after tying for second behind Inbee Park in the Founders Cup, and five days after shooting a 9-under 63 in the Phoenix event.

Fighting Achilles tendon and calf problems in her left leg, Davies opened double bogey-bogey-par-bogey. She bogeyed Nos. 9, 10 and 12, had another double on 15 and bogeyed 16. The 82 was the World Golf Hall of Famer's highest score on tour since also shooting 82 in the 2013 Marathon Classic. On Monday, she jumped 208 spots to No. 155 in the world.

Hedwall, Stoelting and Park shot 66 in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills. Ariya Jutanugarn, also coming off a second-place tie in Phoenix, was a stroke back with 2015 champion Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim and Nicole Broch Larsen.

Hedwall closed her bogey-free round with birdies on the par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth. The Swede played her final 10 holes in 6 under. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways because of the damp conditions.

''I hit it really well and started making a couple putts in my back nine,'' Hedwall said. ''I'm really happy with how I'm playing and looking forward to the rest of the days.''

Stoelting finished with a birdie on the par-4 18th. She had seven birdies and a bogey.

''I hit a lot of fairways,'' Stoelting said. ''I don't necessarily hit if far, but keeping it in the fairway is super key this week. The rough is much thicker this year than last year.''

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Hee Young Park birdied the final three holes, finishing on No. 9.

''The greens are really soft,'' Park said. ''So, easier on the second shot.''

The 40-year-old Kerr had a bogey-free round.

''I like this golf course,'' Kerr said. ''I think it's a tough golf course and you can't fall asleep on any shot. I mean, it's just a really great course. The layout. The rough is high. You got to pay attention. I think that's maybe why I play a little better here than some other places.''

Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 31 on the front nine.

''It's rain today and a little bit windy, but my irons help me a lot,'' Jutanugarn said. ''Just start to make some putts. ... It's pretty tough for me. I always feel like the course here is really hard because the greens really bumpy, and you're not going to hit far here.''

Lydia Ko and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu topped the group at 68.

Ko also played her final nine in 31. She missed the cut last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix.

''I holed some really good putts on my back nine,'' Ko said. ''I didn't hit the ball fantastic, but just being able to hole some good birdie putts was key.''

She won the 2016 event at Aviara.

''This is a pretty tough golf course,'' Ko said. ''Putting is a huge key around this course where if you do miss a green, making those clutch par putts and then making those birdie opportunities that you get.''

Jennifer Song and Jeong Eun Lee also shot 68. Brooke Henderson had a 69, and Lexi Thompson a 70.

Inbee Park was at 71 with Singapore champion Michelle Wie and 2014 Kia winner Anna Nordqvist. Top-ranked Shanshan Feng had a 72, playing alongside Park. Defending champion Mirim Lee shot 74.

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With old clubs returned, Kim (and new clubs) starts strong at Kia

By Randall MellMarch 23, 2018, 1:53 am

Almost two months after her golf clubs went missing, the same clubs she used to win last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, In-Kyung Kim was happily reunited with them this week.

She fetched them and her golf bag two days ago at the Carlsbad, Calif., police department.

A man bought them as a used set from a sporting goods store in the area, with Kim’s LPGA I.D. still in the golf bag.

Notably, Kim celebrated with a return to the leaderboard Thursday in the first round of the Kia Classic.

Kim opened with a 5-under-par 67, though she didn’t use her newly rediscovered clubs. She stayed with the replacement set that she put together after her clubs went missing. Her Women’s British Open clubs never showed up after she got off a plane in Southern California upon her return home from the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

“It was really difficult at first,” Kim said of getting used to her new set of clubs. “I really worked hard, like worked a lot, went to the factory like a dozen times.”

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Kim said she made several visits to the factory folks, trying to get the loft and lies of her new clubs just the way she wanted, close to the configuration that helped her win the Women’s British Open.

“They were like, `I.K., are you ever happy?’” Kim said.

Actually, only five of Kim’s “lost” clubs turned up with her golf bag at that sporting goods store. Still, Kim was happy to get three wedges, two hybrids and her golf bag back.

“It’s kind of good to have a conclusion,” Kim said.

Kim can thank a “What’s in the bag?” segment with Ladies European Tour TV analyst Alison Whitaker for leading to the retrieval of her clubs. Kim explained to Whitaker how her clubs went missing during the telecast of the HSBC Women’s World Championship three weeks ago.

A golf fan in the San Diego area saw Golf Channel’s telecast of that segment.

“One of his friends bought the tour bag,” Kim said. “The other friend knew about my story, and he was like, `No, dude, that's not for selling. It's stolen.’”

Kim was delighted to meet the men who returned her clubs when she picked them up at the Carlsbad Police Department.

“Just good for me,” Kim said.

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Ko (68) off to best start of year at Kia Classic

By Randall MellMarch 23, 2018, 12:39 am

Lydia Ko didn’t take long to put last week’s missed cut behind her Thursday at the Kia Classic.

She got off to her best start of the year.

With a 4-under-par 68, Ko finished the day in a tie for eighth, just two shots off the lead at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif.

“I would say I didn't hit the ball fantastic, but just being able to hole some good birdie putts was key,” Ko said.

Ko scrambled her way to her low opening round of the year in light rain. She hit just seven of 14 fairways and 11 greens, but only needed 25 putts.

“This is a pretty tough golf course,” Ko said. ”I think putting is a huge key around this course, where if you do miss a green, making those clutch par putts and then making those birdie opportunities that you get.”

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Aviara’s poa annua greens have been known to give players fits, but Ko had her flatstick working. After making the turn at 1 over, she made five birdies on her second nine.

Ko, 20, won at Aviara two years ago but missed the cut there last year.

“I love Carlsbad,” Ko said “I would say it’s one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s nice to come back to a place where you’ve played well and love the area.”

Ko, seeking her first victory since July of 2016, has her new coach, Ted Oh, working with her in Carlsbad this week. Oh made the trip to Asia last month, helping Ko to her tie for 10th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship. But, she missed the cut in Phoenix last week in her next start.

“All I can do is try my best,” Ko said. “Hopefully, I'll be able to keep this good momentum going.”

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Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 2

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 12:32 am

Here is how things played out on Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play. Click here for Day 1 match results:

Group 1: Adam Hadwin (38) def. Dustin Johnson (1), 4 and 3: After a dominating performance at last year’s Match Play, where he never trailed in any match, Johnson is already mathematically eliminated. He got routed on Thursday by Hadwin, after the Canadian built a 2-up lead at the turn and then poured it on with wins on the 11th and 13th holes.

Group 1: Kevin Kisner (32) def. Bernd Wiesberger (52), 5 and 4: Kisner made three consecutive birdies midway through the front nine to set the tone, then kept the pressure on Wiesberger, who knocked off DJ on Wednesday, to earn the full point and stay in the mix to advance.

Group 2: Justin Thomas (2) def. Patton Kizzire (48), 3 and 1: After DJ’s early exit, Thomas now has a clear path to world No. 1, if he can win the Match Play this week. Thomas did his part, improving to 2-0 after taking a 3-up advantage and then making birdie on 16 and 17 to close out Kizzire. That sets up a winner-take-all match against Francesco Molinari on Friday.

Group 2: Francesco Molinari (21) def. Luke List (60), 3 and 2: Molinari dropped seven birdies on List and won the 13th, 14th and 16th holes to move to 2-0 this week.

Group 3: Chez Reavie (43) def. Jon Rahm, 1 up: On the verge of surrendering a big lead against Rahm, Reavie’s par on 18 was enough to secure a 1-up victory. He led 3 up with three to go, but Rahm birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to send the match to the last. But there, from just short of the green, Rahm hit his pitch shot well past the flag and couldn’t make birdie. Now 0-1-1, Rahm, last year's finalist, is now eliminated.

Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) def. Keegan Bradley (63), 1 up: Bradley once again kicked away a late lead. One day after coughing up a 2-up lead with three to play, he squandered a 1-up lead with three to play against Aphibarnrat. Bradley made bogey on 17, then was stymied behind a tree after his drive on 18. Barnrat rolled in a 15-footer for birdie to improve to 2-0.

Group 4: Jordan Spieth (4) def. Haotong Li (34), 4 and 2: Spieth held up his end of the deal, winning the fifth hole with a birdie and never trailing from there. He poured it on late with the Chinese star, winning the 13th, 14th and 16th holes. He'll play Reed, his Ryder and Presidents Cup partner, on Friday in a winner-take-all match.

Group 4: Patrick Reed (19) def. Charl Schwartzel (49), 1 up: In a wild match that saw that only three halved, Reed hung on to defeat Schwartzel, 1 up. Two up with three holes to play, Reed lost the 16th, escaped with a bogey halve on the 17th and then was out of position on the final hole. But he nearly holed his wedge shot, rattling the stick and leaving his ball on the front edge for a conceded birdie and narrow victory.

Group 5: Cameron Smith (46) def. Hideki Matsuyama (5), 1 up: One down with five to play, Smith won the 14th with a par, then chipped in for birdie on 16 to take a 1-up lead. At 2-0, he’s now in control of the group.

Group 5: Patrick Cantlay (30) def. Yusaku Miyazato (53), 1 up: In control throughout, Cantlay bogeyed the 17th hole to return the match to all square. On the home hole, he busted a drive to the front-left corner of the green, then made birdie to win and improve to 1-1.

Group 6: Rory McIlroy (6) def. Jhonattan Vegas (44), 2 and 1: Needing a victory to avoid an early exit, McIlroy won two consecutive holes before the turn and then added a win on 13 to give himself the cushion he needed down the stretch, holing a 6-footer for par on 17 to close out Vegas. McIlroy now has a chance to advance with a victory over Harman on the final day of pool play.

Group 6: Brian Harman (18) def. Peter Uihlein (57), 4 and 2: Harman never trailed in knocking off Uihlein, who soundly defeated McIlroy on Day 1. With 1 ½ points, Harman is in the driver’s seat, but he needs at least a halve against McIlroy on Friday (and a Uihlein loss) to advance.

Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) def. Dylan Frittelli (41), 2 up: All square with six holes to go, Garcia birdied 13, won 14 with a par and then drove the 18th green for a conceded birdie to close out Frittelli, the former Texas Longhorn, and improve to 2-0 this week. He'll play Schauffele in a winner-take-all match on Friday.

Group 7: Xander Schauffele (20) def. Shubhankar Sharma (62), 3 and 1: Schauffele improved to 2-0 this week by thoroughly handling Sharma, the darling of the recent WGC-Mexico event, never leading by fewer than 2-up on the back nine and playing 3 under.

Group 8: Jason Dufner (42) def. Jason Day (8), 3 and 1: Dufner took down one of the pre-tournament favorites with a steady closing stretch. Five of his six wins came after Day bogeys, but Dufner turned an all-square match on 14 tee into a 3-and-1 victory.

Group 8: James Hahn (56) def. Louis Oosthuizen (25), 3 and 1: Hahn jumped all over the South African, winning the first three holes and never holding less than a 2-up lead on the back nine. With his victory, each player in the group has a 1-1 record.

Group 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9) def. Kevin Chappell (33), 7 and 6: Avenging an opening-day loss, the Englishman won the first four holes and needed to make only three birdies in a monster rout of Chappell. The 2017 Presidents Cupper made five bogeys and conceded two other holes but still has a chance to win the group.  

Group 9: Ian Poulter (58) def. Daniel Berger (26), 2 and 1: Playing this event for the first time since 2015, Poulter improved to 2-0 on the week with a solid victory over Berger, one of many young American up-and-comers. Using the same putter that he put in play at the epic 2012 Ryder Cup, Poulter won three of the first four holes and never backed down. He is guaranteed at least a playoff Friday. 

Group 10: Paul Casey (10) def. Kyle Stanley (45), 4 and 2: A winner at the Valspar, Casey stayed hot in Austin, taking a 3-up lead at the turn and improving to 2-0 this week. He needs only a halve on Friday to advance.

Group 10: Russell Henley (51) def. Matthew Fitzpatrick (31), 2 and 1: Shaking off a narrow loss to Casey on Wednesday, Henley took control of an all-square match by winning the 12th and 14th holes and then rolling in a tricky 25-footer on the 17th green to put away Fitzpatrick. Still alive in pool play, Henley needs to beat Kyle Stanley, and hope Casey loses, to force a playoff.

Group 11: Bubba Watson (35) def. Marc Leishman (11), 3 and 2: Coming off an impressive opening victory, Watson erased an early deficit, then won Nos. 12-14 to put away Leishman, who is now eliminated. Watson is guaranteed at least a playoff Friday.

Group 11: Branden Grace (23) def. Julian Suri (64), 2 and 1: After a shaky start, Grace made four birdies over his last 11 holes to knock off the surprise Day 1 winner, Suri, who was the last man into the field. Watson is still in control of the group heading into the final day.

Group 12: Tyrrell Hatton (12) def. Brendan Steele (36), 3 and 2: All square through 12 holes, the Englishman made four birdies and an eagle over his last eight holes to improve to 2-0 this week. Hatton needs only a halve Friday to advance.

Group 12: Alexander Levy (55) def. Charley Hoffman (22), 1 up: Levy led from the sixth hole, but Hoffman slowly cut into the deficit and took the Frenchman to the final hole. Levy’s par was enough to notch his first point and stay alive in pool play.  

Group 13: Alex Noren (13) def. Thomas Pieters (39), 5 and 4: Noren made quick work of Pieters in what could be a match of future Ryder Cup teammates. Noren built a 4-up lead after seven holes and then cruised from there, moving to 2-0 this week and eliminating Pieters. In 30 holes this week, Noren has made 12 birdies and no bogeys.

Group 13: Tony Finau (29) def. Kevin Na (61), 3 and 2: In a contrast of styles, the powerful Finau birdied the first three holes and never looked back against Na, setting up a battle of unbeatens in a winner-take-all match on Friday.

Group 14: Phil Mickelson (14) def. Satoshi Kodaira (40), 1 up: Four down through seven holes, Mickelson was on the verge of being eliminated before running off a series of wins, including on 16 and 17 to push the match to the final hole. Then, on 18, he pitched to 8 feet and drained the birdie putt to complete the remarkable comeback.

Group 14: Charles Howell III (59) def. Rafa Cabrera Bello (17), 3 and 1: After knocking off Mickelson on Day 1, Howell pulled away from Cabrera Bello late, winning the 14th, 15th and 17th holes – only one of which with birdies – to take control of the lead. At 2-0, Howell is assured of at least a playoff.

Group 15: Webb Simpson (37) def. Pat Perez (15), 3 and 1: Matched up against the fiery Perez, Simpson seized control of the match with wins on the 11th and 12th holes, sank a 20-footer on 15 and then won the 17th after Perez put his tee shot in the hazard. Now 1-0-1, he’ll have a winner-take-all match against Kim on Friday.

Group 15: Si Woo Kim (50) def. Gary Woodland (24), 5 and 3: Kim won the first hole and never looked back, grabbing a 3-up lead at the turn and leading by as much as 5 up after 12 holes. He is now 2-0. 

Group 16: Matt Kuchar (16) def. Yuta Ikeda (47), 1 up: Though he wasn’t nearly as hot as in his opener against Johnson, Kuchar played solidly, going 3 under (including concessions) and making par on 17 to edge ahead of Ikeda and eke out a narrow victory. 

Group 16: Ross Fisher (27) def. Zach Johnson (54), 2 up: After a remarkable comeback against Kuchar to earn a halve on Day 1, Johnson couldn’t summon the same magic on Thursday. Though he won the 15th to cut Fisher’s advantage to 1 up, Johnson couldn’t convert birdie putts on the last three holes.