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.

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.