AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Put together the top 64 players available from the world ranking, have them play 112 matches over five days, and anything can happen.
That’s the beauty of the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Last year, Jason Day seemed to cruise at Austin Country Club, winning all seven of his matches — only his semifinal match against Rory McIlroy went to the 18th hole. Easy as he made it look, Day tweaked his back in the opening match and nearly didn’t show up the next day. Of course, he drove the first green, and off he went.
McIlroy won all seven of his matches the previous year, only he twice had to go to extra holes.
All that matters is winning, and sometimes even that doesn’t matter.
Byeong Hun An and Patton Kizzire last year won only one match in the round-robin play, halved two others, and still advanced out of their group. It can get…