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SA quartet face tough draw for WGC-Match Play

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South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen
South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen
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  • A star-studded field has assembled in Texas for the 2021 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, which will get underway on Wednesday.
  • There are four South Africans in the field with Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Erik van Rooyen making their first appearance at the event.
  • SA's top-ranked golfer Louis Oosthuizen finds himself in a featured group alongside defending champion Kevin Kisner, Justin Thomas and Matt Kuchar.

Four South Africans will tee it up at this week's World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club starting on Wednesday.

The 64-player field has been drawn into groups of four and the golfers will face each other over the first three days of tournament play.

Players receive one point for a win in group play and half a point for a tie.

The player in each group with the highest point total at the end of group play advances to the 16-player, single-elimination matches.

Seventeen countries will be represented in Wednesday's match play, led by the United States (32 players) and England (8).

The WGC-Dell Match Play is the only official head-to-head match play event on the PGA Tour schedule and returns to the calendar after being cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19.

SA's top-ranked golfer Louis Oosthuizen is in a mouthwatering group, finding himself facing defending champion Kevin Kisner, 2019 runner-up Matt Kuchar and world number two Justin Thomas.

Twenty-two golfers will make their WGC Match Play debut, including SA duo Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Erik van Rooyen.

Bezuidenhout, who is ranked 35th on the World Golf Rankings, has been grouped alongside American duo Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Chilean Joaquin Niemann.

Van Rooyen, who has been plying his trade over the 2020/21 season on the PGA Tour, will face the American trio Daniel Berger, Harris English and Brendon Todd.

Texas resident Dylan Frittelli is the final South African to compete in this year's WGC event as he is up against American trio Tony Finau, Jason Kokrak and Will Zalatoris.

The Match Play is the second of four World Golf Championships events on the 2020-21 PGA Tour schedule, preceding last month's Workday Championship in Florida. The other WGCs include the FedEx St. Jude Invitational (Tennessee, USA) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China).

Groups for 2021 WGC-Match Play:

Group One - Dustin Johnson (USA), Kevin Na (USA), Robert MacIntyre (Scotland), Adam Long (USA)

Group Two - Justin Thomas (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Kevin Kisner (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA)

Group Three - Jon Rahm (Spain), Ryan Palmer (USA), Shane Lowry (Ireland), Sebastian Munoz (Colombia)

Group Four - Collin Morikawa (USA), Billy Horschel (USA), Max Homa (USA), JT Poston (USA)

Group Five - Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Tommy Fleetwood (England), Si Woo Kim (South Korea), Antoine Rozner (France)

Group Six - Xander Schauffele (USA), Scottie Scheffler (USA), Jason Day (Australia), Andy Sullivan (England)

Group Seven - Patrick Reed (USA), Joaquin Niemann (Chile), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (South Africa), Bubba Watson (USA)

Group Eight - Tyrrell Hatton (England), Lee Westwood (England), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Matt Wallace (England)

Group Nine - Webb Simpson (USA), Paul Casey (England), Mackenzie Hughes (Canada), Talor Gooch (USA)

Group 10 - Patrick Cantlay (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Carlos Ortiz (Mexico), Brian Harman (USA)

Group 11 - Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Cameron Smith (Australia), Lanto Griffin (USA), Ian Poulter (England)

Group 12 - Tony Finau (USA), Jason Kokrak (USA), Will Zalatoris (USA), Dylan Frittelli (South Africa)

Group 13 - Viktor Hovland (Norway), Abraham Ancer (Mexico), Bernd Wiesberger (Austria), Kevin Streelman (USA)

Group 14 - Daniel Berger (USA), Harris English (USA), Brendon Todd (USA), Erik van Rooyen (South Africa)

Group 15 - Matt Fitzpatrick (England), Matthew Wolff (USA), Corey Conners (Canada), Jordan Spieth (USA)

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