Mar 26th, 2022
Richard Bland looks to topple DJ at WGC-Dell Match Play
As Rahm v Koepka go head-to-head in the last 16
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"I need the afternoon off," said Bland, who has had an incredible year since winning the British Masters last year. "Me and Lee joked that whoever just finishes probably wins.
"I've known Lee a long time. He's a legend of the sport and to be able to go head-to-head with him and get one over on him was pretty special."
Fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton won all three of his games in group 13. His wins over South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Kim Si-woo of South Korea and American Daniel Berger set up a match against Seamus Power of Ireland.
Power, who has shot up the world ranking of late, is another European who will make his debut at The Masters in two weeks. He lost his last match to American Keith Mitchell but Patrick Cantlay's win over Sunjae Im saw Power through to the last sixteen.
The highlight of the first knockout round is World number one Jon Rahm against four-time major champion Brooks Koepka.
Rahm topped group one despite losing his final match to Patrick Reed; Koepka won all three of his games to head group sixteen.
The last sixteen line- up is as follows:
Scottie Scheffler v Billy Horschel
Seamus Power v Tyrrell Hatton
Dustin Johnson v Richard Bland
Jon Rahm v Brooks Koepka
Kevin Kisner v Adam Scott
Will Zalatoris v Kevin Na
Takumi Kanaya v Corey Conners
Collin Morikawa v Abraham Ancer