Big 4 all set for WGC-Dell Match Play

Tue 22 Mar 2016

Big 4 all set for WGC-Dell Match Play

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March 22: Reigning number one Anirban Lahiri will lead a quartet of Asian Tour stars at the US$9.5 million WGC-Dell Match Play which begins at Austin Country Club on Wednesday.
Indian star Lahiri, who finished tied second in his defence of the Hero Indian Open on Sunday, has been grouped with world number eight Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar and Fabian Gomez.
Marcus Fraser of Australia Marcus Fraser of Australia
Three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee was drawn into the same group as world number two Jason Day, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, Paul Casey and Graeme McDowell while countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who finished sixth in the U.S. on Sunday, was pooled in the same group as world number nine Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.
Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia will be in the same group as former Masters champion Zach Johnson, Shane Lowry and Martin Kaymer.
Thongchai qualified for the quarterfinals of the Match Play in 2010, losing out to eventual winner Ian Poulter.
A former runner-up of the Volvo Match Play Championship in Europe, the former Thai paratrooper will fancy his chances against McDowell, whom he lost to in the Volvo final before avenging that defeat with a singles victory at the 2014 EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.
Last year, Thongchai won one match against Jim Furyk in his round-robin group before bowing out. He opens his campaign on Wednesday against Casey, who is well regarded as a match play expert.
Lahiri took Rose to the 19th hole in last year’s group stage before losing and will be keen to avenge last year’s defeat which prevented him from progressing in to the round of 16. The Indian star begins his campaign against the experienced Kuchar on Wednesday.
Big-hitting Kiradech will feature in his second WGC-Match Play event in confident mood after closing with a brilliant 65 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first top-10 of the season.
Last year, the Thai, Asia’s number one in 2013, won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play event in Scotland and he will be keen to reinforce his stature as a match play expert by securing an opening win against Walker on Wednesday.
Fraser, who won the Maybank Championship Malaysia in February, will also be eager to make an impression in his debut at the WGC-Dell Match Play. The Aussie faces Johnson in his first match.
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