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World No. 1 Dustin Johnson leads field for next week’s Dell Match Play


The field for next week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament at Austin Country Club is tentatively set.

On Monday, the official world golf rankings were revealed and the top 64 players in the standings have an invitation to play at next week’s event at the Austin Country Club.

The golfers have until Friday to say whether they’ll be playing in the tournament. If any of the 64 decline the invitation, the next highest ranked player in the rankings will become eligible for Austin.

The tournament bracket will be revealed Monday night at Hotel Van Zandt.

Next week’s world rankings, following the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, will be used for seedings. There will be 16 pods of four players each. The pod winners will be determined in rounds March 22-24. The round of 16 and the quarterfinals are set for March 25. The semifinals and finals are March 26.

Australia’s Jason Day won last year’s event, the first in Austin. His victory at ACC allowed Day to slip past Jordan Speith as the world No. 1.

Day dropped to No. 2 in the world last month, giving way to Dustin Johnson, the hottest player on the tour this season. Day missed the first WGC event this year because of a double ear infection.

Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who won the 2015 event when it was played in San Francisco, is ranked No. 3. He lost to Day last year in the tournament semifinals, probably the best action of the tournament. Day and McIlroy were tied for seven of the 18 holes.

That semifinal was tied for seven of the 18 holes the two played. Day was 4 under par for the round, which featured six birdies and a double bogey on the second hole.

Day’s win in the finals was much easier. He knocked off South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen in the finals, 5 and 4. Oosthuizen ranks 28th in the world this week.

The University of Texas will be represented by two players — Jordan Spieth and Jhonattan Vegas. Spieth, who reached last year’s round of 16, is ranked sixth in the world, while Vegas is No. 58.



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