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Emotional Day concedes match: 'Family is first'

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Find out who's up, who's down and who's all-square as the top pros go head to head this week at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.

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The top golfers in the world will meet for the World Golf Championships-Match play, and our golf experts offer their picks to win it all to help you set your brackets.

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Jason Day says he's going to leave to be with his mother for surgery. She's been here in the U.S. "I just need some time away with her."

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Jason Day, speaking through tears: "My mom has lung cancer. She's going in for surgery Friday. Hard to comprehend being on the golf course."

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Jason Day, yesterday: "My health feels good. I haven't had any problems." Jason Day, today: Walks off after seven holes. Concedes match.

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Hideto Tanihara upset Jordan Spieth in the opening round of the WGC-Match Play in Austin, TX. When asked by local reporters about Jordan's "hometown crowd" advantage, Tanihara said he had a 'secret' weapon! Texas flag yardage book. It worked!

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

William McGirt forgot the format at the WGC-Match Play?!?! Yep. And he explains how this ain't like playing matches at home with your buddies.

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William McGirt admitted that it's been so long since he's played match play, he forgot to concede a realllly short putt to Brandt Snedeker.

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Rory McIlroy loses, Jordan Spieth losing. Why did tourney go from single-elim to round robin? That's why. Tour/TV didn't want one-and-done.

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No. 62 Soren Kjeldsen is 1 up on No. 2 Rory McIlroy through 16 holes. McIlroy has won 22 matches all-time in this event, tied for fourth-most all-time. Kjeldsen hasn't finished in the top 25 in any of his seven events in 2017.

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Rory McIlroy on par-5 12th: Just drove it down the fairway, thru the fairway, over the cart path, possibly under a cart. Still going. NBD.