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Jordan Spieth wins opening match; Jason Day, Justin Rose now need some help

  • Jordan Spieth follows his drive from the fourth tee at TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Jordan Spieth follows his drive from the fourth tee at TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth, right, follows his shot from the second tee of TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Mikko Ilonen, left, of Finland at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Jordan Spieth, right, follows his shot from the second tee of TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Mikko Ilonen, left, of Finland at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bubba Watson follows his shot from the fifth fairway of TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Bubba Watson follows his shot from the fifth fairway of TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

Masters champion Jordan Spieth had to play good golf to have an easy time Wednesday in the Match Play Championship.

Spieth made six birdies and closed out Mikko Ilonen of Finland on the 16th hole at TPC Harding Park. All that means is that he is off to a good start in a tournament that really won't have any clarity until players start going home.

Even with a new, round-robin format that replaced single elimination, one aspect of this event hasn't changed. No one wanted to lose, and there was some deep agitation for those who did.

Defending champion Jason Day fell to Charley Hoffman. Justin Rose lost to Marc Leishman. Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker lost in extra holes. They now need help to advance from their group.