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The Latest: Casey, Howell battle to a draw at Match Play

March 28, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):

1 p.m.

Abraham Ancer delivered the first victory among 32 matches at Austin Country Club with a 3-and-2 victory over Cameron Smith. Moments later, Paul Casey missed a 7-foot par putt and had to settle for a tie with Charles Howell III.

That eliminated Smith from Group 10, one year after the Australian reached the quarterfinals.

Jordan Spieth was having a much easier time Friday. He was 5 up with five to play against Kevin Na.

Tiger Woods was struggling with the putter. He was 2 down to Brandt Snedeker through seven holes.

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12:45 p.m.

Elimination could come one day early for some players in the Dell Technologies Match Play.

Among those who cannot afford to lose Thursday at Austin Country are Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Patrick Reed. Players can win their group with one loss, but no more than that. Only two players in the four previous years of group play have advanced with just one win — Patton Kizzire and Byeong Hun An in 2016 each won a match and tied two others.

Tiger Woods, a winner in his opening match, faced Brandt Snedeker. Mickelson played Jim Furyk.

Jordan Spieth halved his opening match. He led for the first time all week after the second hole against Kevin Na, and already was 3 up through seven holes.