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Mickelson set up for breakthrough at Match Play

With a 2-0 start, Phil Mickelson is positioned to make a deep run at the WGC-Match Play. That would be a change of fortune in a format that has befuddled the five-time major winner.

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Mickelson says he won't be witness in trial

Golfer Phil Mickelson says he won't be called as a witness in a federal insider trading criminal trial in the case against gambler William "Billy" Walters.

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WGC-Match Play leaderboard

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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Emotional Jason Day concedes match (1:42)
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Day announces his mother's battle against cancer (2:30)
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Spieth and McIlroy open with Match Play defeats (1:27)
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McIlroy's mammoth drive goes 410 yards (0:19)
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Bracket picks for the WGC-Match Play

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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2020 Olympic course votes to include women

The course that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament has avoided being stripped of the event by deciding to change its membership policy to include women.

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Tiger looks back at 1997 Masters win (12:28)
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Tiger seems closer to being done (1:39)
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McIlroy has 'unfinished business' with Reed

Rory McIlroy, still stung by defeat at last year's Ryder Cup, is relishing the possibility of facing Patrick Reed at the WGC-Match Play this week.

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Golic does not expect Tiger to play at Masters (1:58)
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Spieth would welcome match-play at majors (0:44)
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Woods' secret weapon is 'cocoon of concentration' (1:27)
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Jack's back? Nicklaus, 77, beats age by six shots

Jack Nicklaus had a Golden Bear flashback by shooting 71, six shots below his age, during the Els for Autism Pro-Am. And he joked about his trophy from the charity event on Instagram.

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Fowler credits minimizing mistakes for big day (1:22)
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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

John Rahm has to play Sergio Garcia Friday to advance to the weekend. Rahm tells me about playing Sergio and hopes they don't wear the same color shirt (like they did today)!

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Sergio Garcia has to play against his younger countryman John Rahm. How's that gonna go Serg?

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Team Kjeldsen (from the left: Emil, Soren, and Mads) is moving on to the round of 16 because of the Gary Woodland withdrawal. Wins over Rory McIlroy on Wednesday and Emiliano Grillo Thursday gives Soren the day off Friday and a 3-0 record.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

That phone ringing in the Augusta National pro shop might be Rory McIlroy asking for a weekend tee time. (That's how it works there, right?)

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Sergio Garcia wins his match against Kevin Chappell but he explains why the conditions Thursday made this such a tough day.

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Soren Kjeldsen wins, which means he'll advance to the weekend and effectively eliminates Rory McIlroy from moving on.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Just asked Phil Mickelson if he can look at a tourney like this and see a hole in his resume. “You can... but this isn't the one.” So good.

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Phil Mickelson will advance in the WGC with a half-point or better Friday against J.B. Holmes. Mickelson's win Thursday improved his record to 20-12 at the event.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Phil Mickelson has played the WGC-Match Play a dozen times. Never made it past quarterfinals. Now 2-0-0 so far this week.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Just how gusty is it at Austin Country Club for the 2nd round matches of the WGC-Match Play? Pat Perez after hitting his tee shot on the par three 7th hole, today playing 192 yards, said to me, "How about that shot?! I just hit a 9 iron 200 yards. The thing just rode the jet stream!."