Defending champion Johnson dumped out of WGC Dell Match Play

Dustin Johnson offered a meek defence of his WGC Dell Match Play title, losing his first two group matches to crash out.

Dustin Johnson at the WGC Dell Match Play   -  Getty Images

Defending champion Dustin Johnson was dumped out of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Championship after just two days following a pair of group stage defeats.

The world's top-ranked player was beaten 3 and 1 by Bernd Wiesberger on Wednesday and another dismal loss followed 24 hours later.

Johnson was on the end of a 4 and 3 humbling at the hands of 38th-seed Adam Hadwin to end his hopes of progressing to the knockout stage.

This early elimination represents a stunning turnaround in the American's fortunes, with victory secured last year without ever trailing in a match.

Jon Rahm - beaten by Johnson in the final in 2017 - is also in trouble, halving his first match and then trailing through eight to Chez Reavie on Thursday.

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