Masters champion Jordan Spieth had to play good golf to have an easy time Wednesday in the Match Play Championship in San Francisco.
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.
As usual, plenty of big names lost early.
Defending champion Jason Day fell to Charley Hoffman. Justin Rose lost to Marc Leishman. Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker lost in extra holes. Matt Kuchar lost when Ben Martin made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole and they matched pars on the 18th.
Instead of going home, the day's losers have some hope.
The format this year is 16 four-man groups in round-robin play, with the winner of each group advancing to the round of 16 on the weekend. Even without single elimination, one aspect of this World Golf Championship hasn't changed. There was plenty of agitation.
"Nobody wants to lose," Kuchar said. "I can assure you of that."
Pioneer Calvin Peete dies at 71
•Calvin Peete, who taught himself how to play golf at 24 and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning in Atlanta. He was 71. No cause of death was revealed. Peete led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy for 10 straight years starting in 1981. He also played on two Ryder Cup teams.
Little change planned for playoff
The College Football Playoff management committee decided not much will change about the process for next season.
"Don't fix it if it ain't broke," executive director Bill Hancock said after what was scheduled to be three days of meetings in north Texas concluded in only two.
The group approved having weekly rankings again this season but put off making a decision on how to incorporate the Army-Navy game into the final rankings when the game is played after selection Sunday.
The selection committee's first Top 25 will be released Nov. 3 after the ninth week of the season. The final rankings will be released Dec. 6.
Alabama dealing with another arrest
Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones was arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly damaging a woman's cellphone and threatening her Tuesday. It's the fourth arrest of a Crimson Tide player since March. Jones is Alabama's most experienced cornerback and was all-SEC second team last season.
Dallas' Randle isn't charged
Kansas prosecutors declined to bring felony charges against Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle following a domestic disturbance at a hotel in Wichita.
The case stems from a Feb. 3 incident at a Wichita hotel where Randle's former girlfriend, Dalia Jacobs, had gone so he could see their baby. Jacobs told police Randle brandished a gun and broke a car window.
Police received two calls from Jacobs, and during her second call she told a 911 dispatcher that everything was fine.
AROUND THE HORN
College basketball: Former Louisville player Chris Jones and two other men were cleared of rape and sodomy charges by a grand jury. An attorney said surveillance video seen by the grand jury showed the two alleged victims coming and going from a party while laughing after the alleged incident.
Tennis: Top-seeded Roger Federer won 93 percent of his first serves as he beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Istanbul Open clay-court tournament.