Spieth, top seeds done at Match Play

Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth head for showdown in Dell Technologies Match Play

Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth head for showdown in Dell Technologies Match Play

They are 1-1 in PGA Tour playoffs, with Reed hitting to short birdie range when he won the Wyndham Championship in 2013, and Spieth returning the favour in 2015 at Innisbrook by winning a playoff with a 30-foot putt.

Spieth and Reed have been paid together 12 times between the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup and have an 8-1-3 record as a pair.

He hit very bad drives at the first two holes, losing both to dig a hole from which he never recovered.

Summerhays, who finished tied for 21 in the 2014 Zurich, placed third in the 2016 PGA Championship after birdieing six of his last 10 holes. A year after the world's No 1 player couldn't be beaten, Johnson couldn't beat anybody. Past year he recorded eight top 10 finishes to hit his personal best earnings of $2.8 million.

And now Reed is moving along into the single-elimination phase of the weekend, four matches away from another World Golf Championship.

That was the 26th victory for Poulter, who won this event in 2010.

Mickelson won the 16th with a birdie. "And there's been times in the first Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup match where I had it going and rolling". During a rules snafu during which he was denied a free drop, Reed lamented his situation by saying, "what a crock of s--" and, more pertinent to Friday's matchup, "guess my name has to be Jordan Spieth".

Reed won the following hole to retake the lead for good.

Paul Casey lost twice on Friday in The Match Play. He lost to Matt Fitzpatrick, and even then had a chance to win his group if the other match was halved. Thomas topped Patton Kizzire 3 and 1 to make Kizzire 0-2. Casey still could have advanced if Russell Henley and Kyle Stanley tied in their match, but Stanley made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 1-up victory. Both are 2-0. Then, he was 4 down through eight holes against Satoshi Kodaira.

Tyrrell Hatton also was forced into a playoff, and he beat Brendan Steele on the first extra hole.

Reed will pair again with Patrick Cantlay, victor of this season's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, as they hope to improve on their 14 place finish in last season's Zurich. We certainly have familiarity, but neither one of us played great golf today.

Howell and Ian Poulter, who swept his matches when Kevin Chappell conceded at the turn with a back injury, still have a chance to earn a spot in the Masters by getting into the top 50 at the end of the week. Spieth hit out-of-bounds on No. 1 and into hazards on the next two holes. "There's going to be just who doesn't make some mistakes, who's able to grind out some pars and maybe make a birdie here or there".

Phil Mickelson stayed alive in the Match Play with the biggest comeback of the week at Austin Country Club. First, they have to win their groups. If he missed, Watson and Suri would have gone to a sudden-death playoff.

He had to settle with shocking Marc Leishman in the opening round, even though there are no real upsets in golf, anyway. Harman will win the group if he beats McIlroy on Friday; McIlroy has to win to have any chance of making it to the weekend.

Harman handed McIlroy his second loss of the week, 5 and 3, and won Group 6 to reach the fourth round at Austin Country Club. Jason Day was also eliminated after a 1-2 showing.

What should be most compelling is the gamesmanship we're likely to see from Spieth and Reed, especially when it comes to gimmes - a staple of match play.

"I think what we're learning in our game now is these guys are coming out and ready to win", Finau said.

In other matches between undefeated players, Sergio Garcia takes on Xander Schauffele, and Tony Finau plays Alex Noren.

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