Live updates: Spieth survives opener at Match Play | golf


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Dell Match Play update (all times local):

Jordan Spieth made just one birdie putt to win a hole. He missed the green twice with a wedge. He never led to the 16th hole. All that mattered was that he won his opening match against Keegan Bradley in the Dell Technologies Match Play.

It wasn’t a nice game. Five of the holes at the Austin Country Club were won on pars. And there was a wild half on the 13th hole when Spieth drove into the water, only for Bradley to break into danger later. Both made par.

Spieth took the lead for the first time when Bradley’s second par-5 16th hole bounced off the slope of a bunker, went over the green and went wide. No one played by more than a hole the entire game until Bradley Spieth conceded a 6-foot par on the last hole to give a 2-up lead.

Adam Scott beat longtime friend Justin Rose, 2 up. In another group, Luke List beat Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner never fell short in his win over Marc Leishman.

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Two players had short days. Maverick McNealy, the last player to step onto the field, needed just 12 holes to beat Riviera winner Joaquin Niemann. Corey Conners only played two holes before Paul Casey conceded the match with back spasms.

Casey did not withdraw from the tournament. He hopes to play in the round robin session on Thursday.

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