Spieth scores first match in Match Play – KXAN Austin

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

2 p.m.

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

It was not a pretty game. Five of the Austin Country Club holes were won with pars. And it featured a wild half on the 13th hole when Spieth entered the water, only for Bradley to tackle danger later. The two made the pair.

Spieth took his first lead when Bradley’s second hole on the par-5 16th hole came off the slope of a bunker, went over the green and out of bounds. Neither had trailed by more than a hole the entire game until Bradley conceded Spieth a par 6-footer on the last hole for a 2-yard margin.

Adam Scott beat his longtime friend Justin Rose to 2nd place. In another group, Luke List beat Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner never trailed in his win over Marc Leishman.

Two players had short days. Maverick McNealy, the last player to enter the course, 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 Thursday in the round robin.

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