Second-ranked Spaniard Jon Rahm was eliminated after Friday’s group stage finales at the WGC Match Play Championship while defending champion Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy advanced.
Rahm, a three-time PGA winner this year, lost to 2021 WGC Match Play champion Billy Horschel 5&4 at Austin Country Club in Texas, where 16 group winners, 12 of them Americans, advanced to knockout rounds.
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The 28-year-old didn’t make a birdie and became the only top-six seed ousted in group play as Horschel never trailed in delivering the Spaniard’s second defeat.
Scheffler beat South Korean 17th seed Tom Kim 3&2 to win his group at a perfect 3-0. The reigning Masters champion, who won the Players Championship earlier this month, booked a last-16 berth against US 43rd seed…