2021 WGC-Dell Match Play scores, results, support: Dustin Johnson recovers late to stay alive in tournament

The second day of the WGC-Dell Match play on Thursday did not live up to the ups and downs of the first day on Wednesday, but there was a lot to take in, starting with an incredible finish from the No. 1 player in the world, Dustin Johnson.

We’ll get to the DJ match against Scotland’s finest here in a bit, but first let’s see who will definitely be going home after the final round of group play on Friday. Justin Thomas is the biggest star of the group who has been eliminated mathematically when he suffered a loss from Kevin Kisner (see below) following his Day 1 loss to Matt Kuchar. It was a difficult scene for JT, who made just 37 feet of putts on 17 holes (which is almost impossible). However, he was not the only one. No. 13 Vitkor Hovland, who has won just three of the 32 holes, is also out. So are Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau and club thrower Tyrrell Hatton.

Although those players are out, several are still alive, but some will need help on Day 3. Let’s look at some of Thursday’s key matches and the scores from all 16 groups after Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Match Play. See what some of the best players must do to advance to the knockout stages.

Dustin Johnson ties up Robert MacIntyre: DJ actually followed MacIntyre for two holes on the 16th tee, but he made an eagle and a birdie in the last three to save the game and split a point. Incredibly, DJ led the field in putting on Thursday, and he needed to, as a 17-foot birdie kept him alive on the 17th hole before splitting the last with a pair to split the game in half. Johnson now primarily controls his own destiny against Kevin Na on Friday, as a win will guarantee him at least one sudden death tiebreaker with MacIntyre, who will face Adam Long in the other Group 1 match.

Patrick Cantlay 1UP on Carlos Ortiz: Cantlay has been the player of the tournament thus far, even if he can’t be distinguished by his pair of 1UP wins. He made six birdies and an eagle Wednesday in his win over Brian Harman and seven more birdies Thursday in his narrow win over Ortiz. It absolutely turns things off for the No. 10 player in the world right now, as he’s the No. 1 player on this course from tee to green thus far. He has yet to win his Friday match against Hideki Matsuyama to secure a trip to the knockout stages, but there are far worse options to win everything right now than Cantlay at 9-1.

Jordan Spieth ties with Matthew Wolff: This was not a great result for Spieth, who still has a single hole to go at this event. He was 2UP with two holes to play and he put on a show of absolute horror with both of them when par on either of them would have probably won the match. Now you may need to win on Friday just to get into a sudden death tiebreaker with Wolff and get out of group play. Both are 1-0-1 at the moment, and Wolff will face Matt Fitzpatrick, while Spieth will face Corey Conners. The good news for Spieth is that this was the 21st time in his last 23 measured rounds that he has won shots on approach shots. Still flushing with Augusta two weeks out.

Kevin Kisner 2UP on Justin Thomas: Kisner, who was cast by no one, will play Matt Kuchar, who was cast even less, as Justin Thomas and Louis Oosthuizen were eliminated from this group on Thursday. Kisner got JT the day after he got Oosthuizen, but he didn’t play as well in the process. Losing a hit on the field that day, he received a bad timely round from JT to push him into a win match and advance with Kuchar. Still, it is undeniable that he is doing something right at this event.

Here’s a look at all the scores from Thursday’s Day 2 matches.

Final results of day 2

Group 1

Dustin Johnson tied Robert MacIntyre
Adam Long 2 and 1 on Kevin Na

Group 2

Matt Kuchar 1UP on Louis Oosthuizen
Kevin Kisner 2 and 1 on Justin Thomas

Group number 3

Jon Rahm 2UP on Shane Lowry
Ryan Palmer 2 & 1 on Sebastian Muñoz

Group 4

Max Homa 2 and 1 on Collin Morikawa
JT Poston 4 and 2 on Billy Horschel

Team 5

Bryson DeChambeau 2 & 1 on Si Woo Kim
Tommy Fleetwood 4 and 3 on Antoine Rozner

Group 6

Xander Schauffele 2 & 1 on Jason Day
Scottie Scheffler tied Andy Sullivan

Group 7

Patrick Reed 2 & 1 on Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Joaquin Niemann tied Bubba Watson

Group 8

Sergio García 3 and 2 on Tyrrell Hatton
Lee Westwood 5 and 3 on Matt Wallace

Group 9

Mackenzie Hughes 4 and 3 on Webb Simpson
Paul Casey 3 and 2 on Talor Gooch

Group 10

Patrick Cantlay 1UP on Carlos Ortiz
Brian Harman 1UP on Hideki Matsuyama

Group 11

Rory McIlroy 4 and 3 on Lanto Griffin
Ian Poulter 1 Up on Cameron Smith

Group 12

Dylan Frittelli 3 and 2 on Jason Kokrak
Tony Finau tied Will Zalatoris

Group 13

Abraham Ancer 2 & 1 on Kevin Streelman
Bernd Wiesberger 4 and 2 on Viktor Hovland

Group 14

Brendon Todd 2 and 1 on Daniel Berger
Erik van Rooyen 2 and 1 on Harris English

Group 15

Matt Fitzpatrick 5 and 4 on Corey Conners
Matthew Wolff tied with Jordan Spieth

Group 16

Marc Leishman 2 and 1 on Sungjae Im
Russell Henley 4 and 3 on Víctor Pérez

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