Young guns ready to fire at Match Play Championship

Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:12pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) - Masters champion Jordan Spieth has warned rivals of an energy boost while defending champion Jason Day has advised he will continue to be relentless at this week's WGC-Match Play Championship.

The pair, along with world number one Rory McIlroy, headline the youth brigade who have taken over the sport and expect to prevail as 64 of the world's best golfers prepare for the lucrative event at TPC Harding Park starting on Wednesday.

While the sudden death format has been replaced by 16 four-man groups and pool play over the opening three days, there is still only one surefire way to reach the weekend's knockout phase, win or else rely on other results.

Only group winners reach Saturday's last-16 where it becomes sudden death.

Spieth refuses to be daunted about the prospect of needing to win seven matches to claim the trophy and is excited ahead of his group matches against Finland's Mikko Ilonen, American Matt Every and Englishman Lee Westwood.

Playing a busy schedule, the 21-year-old Texan claimed the Australian Open last November, won the Hero World Challenge in December and has seven top-10 finishes in 2015 from 10 starts including two wins and two runner ups.

"If anything, the last month I'd say has put more energy into me," said world number two Spieth.

One of Spieth's potential quarter-final opponents could be defending champion Day.   Continued...

Apr 19, 2015; Hilton Head, SC, USA; Jordan Spieth reacts after finishing play on the first hole during the final round of play at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports