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The first day of the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is in the books, and we got some interesting outcomes, including top seeds losing, Tiger Woods winning and some wild swings in the way matches played out. 

 

Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed all went down in the opening day. 

 

Shane Lowry lost to Sergio Garcia, Ben An lost to Tommy Fleetwood, Andrew Putnam beat Patrick Reed, Jim Furyk beat Jason Day, and Chez Reavie lost to Dustin Johnson.

 

Big Cat made just four birdies on the day, and he didn't win any of those holes. Woods beat Aaron Wise 3 and 1 despite also making four bogeys. Wise had an even wilder day as he made six birdies, seven bogeys and a double. Woods won six holes with pars and one with a bogey.

 

Jon Rahm blew by Si Woo Kim 7 and 5. He won the first four holes on the back nine, and that was all the holes they played on the back nine. 

 

Jim Furyk was 3 down through eight holes, and he somehow won six of the next 10 to beat Jason Day 2 up.

 

Jordan Spieth birdied his last two to halve with Billy Horschel, who was top five in the field in putting on Thursday. Spieth didn't putt all that well, but he did hit it better than he has been.

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