Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson were among the names that suffered defeat on the opening day of the Dell Match Play.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who was never even behind for a single hole during last year’s victory, fell 3&1 to Bernd Wiesberger.
The pair were all square heading to the 15th tee but errors from Johnson saw the Austrian take three straight holes to secure the win.
McIlroy couldn’t carry the momentum from last week’s win over and quickly fell behind early. 5 down through 10 was too much to come back from.
Rory had a late surge, winning 14, 15 and 16 but it wasn’t enough, eventually losing 2&1.
Mickelson, another player coming in off of a win after his win in the last WGC in Mexico, could not match Charles Howell III great play on the back nine.
Three birdies from Howell in the first four holes after the turn saw were enough to secure an eventual 3&2 win.
Although none of these players are out of it, it is a long way back from here. All will almost certainly need to win both of their remaining games to make it through.