The PGA Tour makes its first of five stops in Texas this week for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, the third WGC of the season. For the third year the event is being held at Austin Country Club after a one-year stint at TPC Harding Park and a five-year stretch at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Arizona. It's the fourth year of the tournament's intriguing new pool play format, separating 64 of the top players in the world into groups of four and having them play round-robin matches, with the top 16 advancing into a single-elimination bracket.
The Match Play's new format has produced some must-watch television over the last three years, most recently in 2017 when Dustin Johnson defeated Jon Rahm 1 up in an epic final match for his fifth WGC victory. Both players are back in this year's field, Johnson once again the 1-seed and Rahm the 3-seed, as well as the event's last two winners, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. McIlroy is coming in fresh off his impressive win at Bay Hill, where he carded a final-round 64 en route to a three shot victory.
Also in the field this week is Jordan Spieth, who looks to get his season on the right track in his home state. The three-time major champion hasn't had much success in this format though, having made it to the final 16 only once in the last three years, and failing to advance when he did in 2016. He faces a difficult task to get there this week, grouped with Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teammate Patrick Reed as well as Charl Schwartzel and China's rising star Haotong Li.
The Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. They'll also carry coverage on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and NBC will take over afterwards.
Saturday Tee Times (all times CDT)
7:30 a.m. -- Brian Harman vs. Bubba Watson
7:41 a.m. -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat vs. Charles Howell III
7:52 a.m. -- Sergio Garcia vs. Kyle Stanley
8:03 a.m. -- Justin Thomas vs. Si Woo Kim
8:14 a.m. -- Cameron Smith vs. Tyrrell Hatton
8:25 a.m. -- Patrick Reed vs. Alex Noren
8:36 a.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen vs. Ian Poulter
8:47 a.m. -- Kevin Kisner vs. Matt Kuchar