Rory McIlroy put together another flawless back nine, running off five straight birdies.
This time, it wasn't enough.
Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein built a 5-up lead against McIlroy and held off his late charge with enough key shots of his own in a 2-and-1 victory, one of several surprises Wednesday in the opening session of the Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson hit two shots out-of-bounds on the same hole, another tee shot in the hazard and couldn't make the putts that he couldn't afford to miss on the back nine. He wound up losing on the 17th hole to Bernd Wiesberger.
McIlroy, along with Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Tommy Fleetwood, now have to do some serious clawing to win their groups. All of them lost the opening match in their four-man groups and will need some help to advance to the weekend.
FOOTBALL: The NFL's catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee. … Every round of the NFL Draft will air on network television next month for the first time as Fox will simulcast the NFL Network's coverage of Days 1 and 2 and ESPN's coverage of Day 3 will be shown on ABC. … NFL.com reported former Husker Ndamukong Suh, a free agent defensive tackle, canceled his Wednesday visit with Oakland and returned to his Portland, Oregon, home to consider his options.
BASKETBALL: Arizona freshman big man Deandre Ayton is leaving early for the NBA after one dominating season. The 7-foot-1, 260-pound Ayton was named the Pac-12 player of the year after averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. … Freshman Taveion Hollingsworth matched his career high with 30 points and Western Kentucky advanced to the final four of the NIT for the first time since 1948 with a 92-84 victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
AUTO RACING: The entire IndyCar television package, including the Indianapolis 500, is moving to NBC in 2019 in what could turn out to be an exceptional deal for the series because of promised increased exposure across multiple platforms.
BASEBALL: The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members.
HOCKEY: With the goal of refining the consistency of goalie interference challenges, NHL general managers on Wednesday recommended shifting the decision from on-ice officials to the league's situation room in Toronto.