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Day only Australian advancing to knockout phase at Dell Match Play

Day is playing well but will injury issues hold up (Photo: Courtesy of USGA - All Rights Reserved)
Australian hopes of further success at the WGC Dell Match Play Championship at the Austin Golf and Country Club in Austin, Texas, looked well founded when Jason Day and Adam Scott led their groups into day three of the round robin series amongst the sixteen groups but only Jason Day has advanced to the round of 16 following his win over Paul Casey.

Jason Day continued his great run, winning his third consecutive match to lead his group after he was conceded today’s match against England’s Paul Casey after Casey was forced to withdraw through an illness he had carried all week. The pair were all square at that point after Day had birdied the 6th hole.

In losing to Bill Haas in his final group match up, Adam Scott has lost the chance to graduate to the round of 16 when Haas came from behind with birdies at his final two holes to win one up in the crucial match-up, neither player producing much in the way of brilliance in round three.

Marc Leishman, Matt Jones and Marcus Fraser were essentially eliminated before today’ third round although they did play matches with Matt Jones the only one to gain anything out of it when he halved his match against Bernd Weisberger.

Other group winners of note were Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, ensuring the leading three ranked players in the world are through to the round of 16 although there is still some concern over Day’s injury issues especially given his workload over the weekend when he faces a possible 72 holes over the remaining two rounds.

Day is scheduled to play Brandt Snedeker in tomorrow’s round of 16.

McIlroy advanced after a sudden death match up with his fellow group three leader Kevin Na who he had been unable to shake off all day. Their match ended at the second extra hole when Na hit his tee shot into a hazard.

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