Rory McIlroy WGC Matchplay Josh Hirst Golf

Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth were amongst the winners in round 1 of the 2015 WGC Cadillac Matchplay. 

This year sees a new format and it seemed to work well. Many top ranked players cruised to victory but others didn't have such an easy opening day, but the new format means we won't be saying goodbye to the likes of Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day and Adam Scott just yet who all suffered defeats in round 1. 

The top 2 players in the world won their matches comfortably, McIlroy with a 5&4 victory over Jason Dufner and Spieth with a 4&3 win over Mikko Ilonen. Rory will have to keep up the good form and hope for an early finish on Saturday if he wants to make the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight. 

Bubba Watson started strongly by defeated the carasmatic Miguel Angel Jimenez 5&4 on day 1, but the biggest win on in round 1 was by Hunter Mahan, he beat Stephen Gallacher 7&6. Mahan has struggled for form this year but a strong performance this week may be on the cards. 

Jordan Spieth WGC Cadillac Josh Hirst Golf
Anirban Lahiri WGC Josh Hirst Golf Golf by Josh

There were also wins on day 1 for Paul Casey, Danny Willett, Anirban Lahiri and Martin Kaymer to name a few. Willett and Casey have both had great starts to the season and if they continue their good form could be chosen for the European Ryder cup squad. 

Anirban Lahiri is having a great 2015, after making the cut in his first appearance at the Masters and winning 2 European Tour titles, he secured his place in the WGC Cadillac Matchplay and took full advantage, beating Ryan Palmer 4&2 on day 1. 

Victor Dubuisson Josh Hirst Golf

Both 2014 finalists, Victor Dubuisson and Jason day suffered heavy early defeats, but the change got format means they won't be heading home. There was also a bit of confusion in the car park as to who was playing in the event, with the organisers mistaking the 2014 finalist.