Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth headline first commitments at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Scheffler seeks to defend his title at Austin Country Club, March 22-26
AUSTIN, Texas – Tournament officials announced today that defending champion Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth – both Texas Longhorns – have committed to the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which will return to Austin Country Club, March 22-26.
Scheffler, the reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, captured the 2022 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to become the No. 1-ranked player in the world for the first time in his career, and marked his third victory in five starts during the 2021-22 season.
One year after finishing runner-up to Billy Horschel, Scheffler returned to Austin in 2022 and outsted past champion Kevin Kisner in the Championship Match, 4 and 3, to become the youngest winner in tournament history and improve his career record at the Dell Technologies Match Play to 10-2-2.
“This week it's definitely got a special place in my mind and heart. I've got a lot of good memories being here in college. It's been a long journey to this point,” Scheffler said. “I always dreamed of playing in this tournament, and just to be out here was a treat, and to be able to play seven rounds and finish and win is really special.”
Scheffler has already begun his season on a positive note after successfully defending his title at the WM Phoenix Open, the event where he earned his maiden TOUR title in 2022.
Spieth will look to make a deep run for the first time at Austin Country Club in 2023, having advanced as far as the Round of 16 on two occasions (2016, 2021) since the Group Play format was introduced in 2015.
The 13-time PGA TOUR winner, who owns two victories in the state of Texas, proved his match play mettle in the fall by becoming only the sixth player in Presidents Cup history to post a perfect 5-0-0 record during the U.S. Team’s defeat of the International Team at Quail Hollow Club in September.
“Austin has certainly grown as a city massively, but it still feels like it's burnt orange,” Spieth said. “We support our own, and I feel that out here. A lot of hook 'em horns. It's really when you get down 12, 13, 14 and you've got boats full of people out there all screaming at you, and that's a unique situation for us, which is really cool.
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