Jason Day’s first round win is soured by a back strain at the WGC Dell Match Play.
Jason Day was the only Australian to notch a victory on Day 1 of the WGC Dell Match Play but it may have come at a cost. Day injured his back while teeing off at the 15th hole on his way to beating Graeme McDowell 3&2. Day played in pain through holes 15 and 16 and managed to square the holes to hold on for victory.
It has been reported that Day intends on playing his second round match against Thongchai Jaidee tomorrow, it may not be surprising to see Day withdraw from the tournament with the Masters Tournament just two weeks away.
It wasn’t such a great day for the other four Australians in the field either.
Adam Scott and Marc Leishman both halved their matches despite coming to the final hole with a lead. Scott described his final few holes as “pathetic” after he blew a two hole lead with three holes to play to half his match against Belgian Thomas Pieters.
Leishman led for 14 holes in his match against American Ryan Moore but surrendered his lead at the 18th hole when he couldn’t get up and down from behind the green after Moore made par.
Marcus Fraser lost his match with American Zach Johnson 4&3, and Matt Jones lost his match to South African Louis Oosthuizen 2&1.
The round robin format over the opening three days means all Australians need to win their second round matches to keep their hopes alive of progressing to the weekend knockout stage. Just looking at the match-ups, we’re optimistic that can happen.
WGC Dell Match Play Day 2 – Australian matches
Adam Scott v Chris Wood
Jason Day v Thongchai Jaidee
Matt Jones v Andy Sullivan
Marcus Fraser v Shane Lowry
Marc Leishman v Lee Westwood