Spieth on fire, Day overcomes back injury for wins

Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:01pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson won their respective matches at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Texas to retain perfect records in contrasting fashion, while Jason Day overcame a back injury to join them with a victory on Thursday.

On a day that also saw third seed Rory McIlroy win to improve to 2-0-0, world number one Spieth oozed confidence with the state of his game at Austin Country Club.

"Very pleased to get today done with quickly," top seed Spieth told Golf Channel after dusting off Frenchman Victor Dubuisson 5&4.

Spieth, who will defend his title at the Masters in two weeks, moved to 2-0-0 in the 64-man World Golf Championships event.

Fellow American Mickelson, however, said he had played poorly and been lucky to beat compatriot Daniel Berger in a bizarre finish to their match.

Five-times major champion Mickelson won 1-up when Berger conceded defeat after injuring his wrist when he struck a rock trying to play his second shot at the final hole.

"We both struggled today," Mickelson said. "Fortunately I’ve got my instructor here and I’m going to get a little practice session in and try to get this right."

Australian Day also remained perfect when he shrugged off back spasms that hit him after his tee shot at 15 on Wednesday to beat Thai Thongchai Jaidee 5&3.

"Yesterday it was definitely sore. It’s a disc and when it gets inflamed, everything just kind of goes into spasm and I can’t really move," said Day, winner of the Bay Hill Invitational on Sunday.   Continued...

Mar 24, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Jordan Spieth of the United States during the second round of the during the second round of the World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports