The Latest: Defending champion Dustin Johnson eliminated
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):
No one could beat Dustin Johnson a year ago. Now he can’t beat anyone in the Match Play.
The world’s No. 1 player was eliminated from his group Thursday when he lost, 4 and 3, to Adam Hadwin of Canada. Johnson lost to Bernd Wiesberger in the opening round.
This is Johnson’s last tournament before the Masters.
His elimination paves the way for Justin Thomas to reach No. 1 in the world if he can win the Match Play this week.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed improved to 2-0 in the Dell Technologies Match Play and now face off to see who advances to the weekend.
Spieth never trailed in a 4-and-2 victory over Li Haotong. Reed had to rally from a 2-down deficit at the turn to beat Charl Schwartzel. Spieth and Reed have been partners for 11 matches in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. They go head-to-head on Friday to decide who wins the group.
Tony Finau and Alex Noren also improved to 2-0 and play each other in the third round.
Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson both trailed in their matches and faced elimination at Austin Country Club.