Posted February 24, 2014

The Latest News and Scores from the Match Play Championship

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UPDATE (6:22): Thanks to everyone for joining us today. Here are tomorrow’s fourth-round match ups in the field of 8: Louis Oosthuizen vs. Jason Day; Jim Furyk vs. Rickie Fowler; Ernie Els vs. Jason Spieth; Graham McDowell vs. Victor Dubuisson.

UPDATE (6:15): Ernie Els birdied the 18th and sent The Duf home. Graeme McDowell did the same to Hunter Mahan, winning the match with a birdie on the 21st hole.

UPDATE (6:14): Jordan Spieth has earned a 2 & 1 victory over defending champion Matt Kuchar. He’ll play either Ernie Els or Jason Dufner.

UPDATE (6:12): Ernie Els hit his approach on 18 to almost-gimmie range. Dufner will have a (longer) shot at birdie.

UPDATE (6:03): Ernie Els and Jason Dufner are all square headed to 18. You know neither guy’s blood pressure is much above normal:

Jason Dufner and Ernie Els

Jason Dufner and Ernie Els walk to the tee during their third-round match. (Getty Images)

UPDATE (6:02): Mr. Clutch Graeme McDowell rolls in 11-footer for par to extend his match with Hunter Mahan to the 21st hole.

UPDATE (5:51): Jason Day is the latest to make the round of 8 with a 3 & 1 win over George Coetzee. He’ll play Louis Oosthuizen tomorrow.Victor Dubuisson

Victor Dubuisson defeated Bubba Watson, 1 up. (Getty Images).

UPDATE (5:45): Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell headed to No. 20. Both had decent looks at birdie on their 19th hole.

UPDATE (5:38): Frenchman Victor Dubuisson has defeated Bubba Watson, 1 up, and will play the winner of the Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan match. They’re currently in extra holes.

UPDATE (5:31): Mr. Clutch, aka Graeme McDowell birdies the 18th to extend his match against Hunter Mahan. He had been two down with two to play.

UPDATE (5:29): Bubba Watson needs to win the 18th hole to stay alive against Victor Dubuisson. Bubba kept himself in the game with a birdie on 17.

UPDATE (5:21): Sergio Garcia was all smiles despite losing on the 18th to Rickie Fowler. Fowler said he was surprised when Garcia offered to concede the putt on the seventh hole. Sergio reiterated he did it because he felt like he had taken an undue amount of time taking a drop the hole before.

UPDATE (5:12): Rickie Fowler, who was 3 down on the front 9, just birdied 18 and has ousted Sergio Garcia from the tournament. Think this match might be talked about some in the next 24 hours?

UPDATE (5:10): It looks like Sergio has the Golf.com crowd on his side, so far:

UPDATE (5:05): Jim Furyk erases an early deficit and ousts Harris English, 1 up. He’ll play the winner of the Sergio Garcia/Rickie Fowler match.

UPDATE (5:00): Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia halved the 17th and are all square headed to 18.

UPDATE (4:56): Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia are all square for the first time all day after Fowler’s birdie on the par 3 16th.

UPDATE (4:54): Louis Oosthuizen has just advanced to the round of 8 with a 5&4 victory over Webb Simpson. He’ll play the winner of the Jason Day/George Coetzee match. Day is 1 up through 12.

UPDATE (4:40): Louis Oosthuizen has taken the biggest lead of the day. He’s 4 up on Webb Simpson through 12.

UPDATE (4:36): Sergio missed another short birdie try on 14. Fowler made his to stay 1 down.

UPDATE (4:32): Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan are all square through 14.

UPDATE (4:30): Advantage to Sergio on the 14th hole, a short par 4. Sergio is in the first cut of rough near the green while Rickie Fowler’s drive has come to rest under a cactus.

UPDATE (4:25): Sergio Garcia missed a golden chance to go 2 up in his match with Rickie Fowler. He failed to get down in two from the fringe on the 14th hole and is 1 up headed to 15.

Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk hits from a tough lie on the third hole. (Getty Images)

UPDATE (4:07): Check out the lean (and tough stance) on this shot from Jim Furyk on the third hole. Furyk, grinding away as always, just made birdie on No. 14 to go 1 up over Harris English.

UPDATE (4:04): Rickie Fowler missed a short birdie putt that would have tied his match with Sergio, who made his par effort. Rickie’s still 1 down headed to No. 14.

UPDATE (4:00): Jordan Spieth holds a 1-up lead on Matt Kuchar through seven.

UPDATE (3:57): Victor Dubuisson is 2 up on Riviera champ Bubba Watson through 10.

UPDATE (3:50): Sergio and Rickie Fowler halved the par 3 12th. Here’s more video from what happened on the front 9 with some explanation from Sir Nick Faldo:

UPDATE (3:40): Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler are playing the par 3 12th. Sergio is 1 up after leading by as many as three.

UPDATE (3:22): And, we’ve got a match. Rickie Fowler has made consecutive birdies on 9 and 10 and is 1 down to Sergio Garcia. Will the golf gods look kindly on Sergio conceding that putt on the front 9?

UPDATE (3:18): In other third-round play, Jordan Spieth is 1 up through four holes on defending champ Matt Kuchar after birdies on 3 and 4; Jason Dufner is 1 up on Ernie Els through five; Louis Oosthuizen is 1 up on Webb Simpson through 7; Jason Day is 2 up on George Coetzee through six; Harris English leads Jim Furyk, 1 up, through 10; Victor Dubuisson is 1 up on Bubba Watson through 8 and Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell are all square at the turn.

UPDATE (3:09): Here’s the video of Sergio and Rickie Fowler’s good-good:

UPDATE (3:07): Rickie Fowler will make the turn 2 down to Sergio Garcia after a birdie on No. 9.

UPDATE (3:03): Sergio said he conceded the putt earlier because he felt bad for holding up play when his shot landed near some bees. Seriously.

UPDATE (2:56): Rickie Fowler is looking for some momentum after falling 3 down to Sergio Garcia through eight holes.

UPDATE (2:49): Defending champion Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth, the final pairing of the day, are on the course. Kuchar eagled the second hole and is 1 up through two holes.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia putts out on the first hole during Day 3 of the Match Play. (Getty Images)

UPDATE (2:45): Jason Dufner parred the third hole and is 2 up in his match with Ernie Els.

UPDATE (2:41): OK, that was weird. Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler just conceded their putts to each other on the par 4 seventh hole. Fowler had nearly 20 feet left for his par while Sergio had a much shorter look.

UPDATE (2:31): A blue-panted Sergio Garcia rolled in a par putt at the sixth to stay 2 up on Rickie Fowler. Note to players who miss the sixth green: watch out for the bees buzzing around a sprinkler head.

UPDATE (2:25): Graham McDowell, of course, is back to all square with Hunter Mahan. McDowell had trailed in all but four holes heading into play today.

UPDATE (2:15): Sergio back to 2 up over Rickie Fowler after Fowler made bogey on the par 4 fifth hole.

UPDATE (2:09): Sweet-swinging Louis Oosthuizen just eagled the second hole to square up his match with Webb Simpson.

UPDATE (2:02): Victor Dubuisson is 2 up on Bubba Watson through two holes. The two are probably not talking about Dubuisson’s home country.

UPDATE (1:51): Rickie Fowler parred the par 3 third hole and is one behind Sergio Garcia headed to No. 4.

UPDATE (1:50): Graeme McDowell is (surprise…not) 2 down to Hunter Mahan through two holes. McDowell has rallied from deficits to win twice already, so he’s not one who is going to get down on himself.

UPDATE (1:41): Harris English also is 2 up on Jim Furyk after a birdie on the par 3 third.

UPDATE (1:40): Sergio Garcia has birdied the first two holes and is 2 up on Rickie Fowler.

UPDATE (1:34): Bubba Watson and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson are playing the first hole.

UPDATE (1:31): Harris English is 1 up on Jim Furyk through two holes after Furyk bogeyed the par 5 second hole.

UPDATE (1:20): Sergio Garcia birdied the first hole of the day and is 1 up on Rickie Fowler.

UPDATE (1:12): And we are under way in the third day of the Match Play. Harris English and Jim Furyk both parred the par-4 first hole. Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler are up next.

UPDATE (12:30): We’re less than a half hour away from kicking off the third day of the Accenture Match Play. Here’s the rundown of today’s matches. All times are Eastern:

  • 12:55 p.m. — Jim Furyk vs. Harris English
  • 1:07 p.m. — Sergio Garcia vs. Rickie Fowler
  • 1:19 p.m. — Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan
  • 1:31 p.m. — Bubba Watson vs. Victor Dubuisson
  • 1:43 p.m. — Webb Simpson vs. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 1:55 p.m. — Jason Day vs. George Coetzee
  • 2:07 p.m. — Jason Dufner vs. Ernie Els
  • 2:19 p.m. — Matt Kuchar vs. Jordan Spieth

FRIDAY AT MATCH PLAYRound 3 Scores | TV Schedule | Printable Bracket

UPDATE (6:53): An amazing bunker shot on the 20th hole gave Ernie Els the edge in his second round match against Justin Rose. Els skipped his chip shot off the edge of the bunker to within a few feet of the hole and sunk the putt to win the match and knock off the final No. 1 seed, so our Sweet 16 is set: Louis Oosthuizen vs. Webb Simpson, Jason Day vs. George Coetzee, Harris English vs. Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia vs. Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els vs. Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar vs. Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan vs. Graeme McDowell, Victor Dubuisson vs. Bubba Watson.

Ernie Els

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UPDATE (6:24): It’s not over yet. The last match of the day, Justin Rose vs. Ernie Els, is the ninth match of the tournament to need extra holes.

UPDATE (6:13): Jason Dufner chips in from the greenside rough to dispatch Matteo Manassero, 2 and 1.

UPDATE (6:11): There are just two matches left on the golf course: Justin Rose vs. Ernie Els and Jason Dufner vs. Matteo Manassero.

UPDATE (5:55): Graeme McDowell is officially the Comeback Kid at the 2014 Match Play. A day after recovering from a 4-hole deficit against Gary Woodland, McDowell clawed back from 3 holes down to best Hideki Matsuyama 1 UP.

Graeme McDowell

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UPDATE (5:33): Rory McIlroy falls to Harris English in 19 holes, leaving Justin Rose as the lone No. 1 seed still in competition.

UPDATE (5:29): Webb Simpson dispatches Brandt Snedeker easily, 5 and 4, to advance to a Sweet 16 matchup against Louis Oosthuizen.

UPDATE (5:26): Jason Day completes his comeback from 3 holes down to defeat Billy Horschel in 22 holes.

UPDATE (5:20): Henrik Stenson is the second No. 1 seed to fall, knocked off by Louis Oosthuizen, 4 and 3. Golf Channel’s Nick Faldo says Stenson told him the course at Dove Mountain “just doesn’t fit [his] eye.”

UPDATE (5:13): Rory McIlroy and Harris English are also headed to extra holes.

UPDATE (5:03): Match of the Day: Jason Day vs. Billy Horschel heading to the 21st hole.

UPDATE (4:59): Jim Furyk advances to the Sweet 16 with a 3 and 2 victory over Charl Schwartzel. Defending champion Matt Kuchar defeats Ryan Moore 2 UP and advances into a third round match against Jordan Spieth.

UPDATE (4:56): Rory McIlroy and Harris English are all square heading to No. 18. George Coetzee and Patrick Reed need extra holes.

UPDATE (4:46): Jim Furyk sinks his putt to go 2 UP on Charl Schwartzel. Jason Day stays alive with a six-foot par save to force a 20th hole.

UPDATE (4:43): After a fantastic tee shot on the par 3 16th, Rory McIlroy wins his third consecutive hole to take a one-hole lead over Harris English with 2 to play.

UPDATE (4:30): Jason Dufner is DN 1 through 10 holes against the 20-year-old Matteo Manassero.

Jason Dufner

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UPDATE (4:29): Billy Horschel has to knock down a clutch putt to send his match with Jason Day to extra holes.

UPDATE (4:22): Jim Furyk takes a one-hole lead over Charl Schwartzel through 13. Matt Kuchar takes a one-hole lead over Ryan Moore through 15. Rory McIlroy is back to within one of Harris English with 4 holes to go.

UPDATE (4:11): Bubba Watson (2 UP over Jonas Blixt) and Jordan Spieth (5 and 4 over Thomas Bjorn) are the latest to advance to the Sweet 16.

UPDATE (4:08): Jason Day has squared his match with Billy Horschel with 2 holes to go. This would be a Graeme McDowell-esque comeback.

UPDATE (4:01): Arizona golf at its finest:

Ball in Cactus

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UPDATE (3:56): Some tight matches in the Gary Player Bracket. Current/former US Open champions Justin Rose and Ernie Els are all square through 8. Matt Kuchar and Ryan Moore are all square through 13.

UPDATE (3:50): Rory McIlroy is back to within 1 of Harris English through 12. Jason Day has clawed to within 1 of Billy Horschel through 14.

UPDATE (3:39): Victor Dubuisson is the third golfer to advance to the Sweet 16 with a 3 and 1 win over Peter Hanson. He awaits the winner of Bubba Watson/Jonas Blixt.

UPDATE (3:25): Rickie Fowler knocks out match play master Ian Poulter in Round 1 and red hot Jimmy Walker in Round 2, 1 UP. Fowler will take on Sergio Garcia in the Sweet 16.

UPDATE (3:19): Jonas Blixt is making a run at Bubba Watson. The Swede has won two of the last three holes and is just 1 DN with 4 holes to go.

UPDATE (3:17): Hideki Matsuyama brought his A game today. Check out his awesome hole out from the rough for eagle. He’s 2 UP through 7 on Graeme McDowell.

UPDATE (3:09): Jimmy Walker misses his par putt on No. 17, and Rickie Fowler capitalizes, sinking his putt to go 1 UP and put the pressure on Walker heading to No. 18.

UPDATE (3:05): This just in: Rickie Fowler isn’t the only sharp-dressed man on the course today. Frenchman Victor Dubuisson is giving Fowler a run for his money. Dubuisson is 2 UP on Peter Hanson through 14.

Rickie Fowler, Victor Dubuisson

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UPDATE (3:04): Jordan Spieth is just dismantling Thomas Bjorn. He’s 5 UP through 10.

UPDATE (3:00): Richard Sterne is rolling again, 2 UP through 7 on 2012 winner Hunter Mahan, while Graeme McDowell is digging himself another hole to climb out of, falling two holes back of Hideki Matsuyama through 7.

UPDATE: (2:56): Sergio Garcia is the first player to advance to the Sweet 16 with a 3 and 1 victory over Bill Haas. He awaits the winner of Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker.

UPDATE (2:47): Sergio Garcia is 2 UP with 2 to play against Bill Haas. Jimmy Walker took a 1 UP lead on No. 15 after Rickie Fowler put his ball in the desert…and then into a bush…and then into the rough. Webb Simpson has built an early 3-hole lead on Presidents Cup playing partner Brandt Snedeker.

UPDATE (2:32): Rickie Fowler birdies No. 14 to draw even with Jimmy Walker. All square with four holes to go. Who will blink first?

UPDATE (2:25): Jordan Spieth has won his last three holes to go 4 UP on Thomas Bjorn through 7.

UPDATE (2:10): Louis Oosthuizen came out swinging against No. 1 seed Henrik Stenson. Oosty is 2 UP through 2.

UPDATE (2:02): Fowler fashion break:

Rickie Fowler

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UPDATE (1:48): The battle of former US Amateur champions — Matt Kuchar and Ryan Moore — is all square through 5. Sergio has won two consecutive holes to go from DN 1 to 1 UP on Bill Haas through 11. Charl Schwartzel has built an early 2 hole lead on Jim Furyk through 3.

UPDATE (1:40): Check out Jordan Spieth clutch hole out from the bunker to halve the hole and preserve his 1 UP lead on Thomas Bjorn.

UPDATE (1:36): Jimmy Walker is 1 UP on Rickie Fowler through 10 holes.

Jimmy Walker

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UPDATE (1:30): Rory answers right back with a birdie on No. 3. All square.

UPDATE (1:27): Harris English birdies No. 2 to take an early 1 UP lead on No. 1 seed Rory McIlroy.

UPDATE (1:21): Jordan Spieth elects not the concede the hole to Thomas Bjorn and promptly holes his bunker shot to halve the hole and preserve his 1 UP lead through 3.

UPDATE (1:13): Peter Hanson has made a fantastic recovery. After dropping the first three holes, Hanson has won the last three to draw even with Dubuisson through 7.

UPDATE (1:07): Bubba Watson has built a 3-hole lead over Jonas Blixt through 6. With Watson playing well coming off a win last week at Riviera, his first since the 2012 Masters, he could be the new man to beat.

UPDATE (12:59): Billy Horschel has won three consecutive holes and has Jason Day on the ropes early in this second round match. Horschel 3 UP through 4.

UPDATE (12:46): Fowler and Walker trade two more holes, as Walker bogeys No. 5 and recovers with a birdie on No. 6. All square through 6. One of the big favorites in this event is in some early trouble. Jason Day has dropped two of his first three holes against Billy Horschel. Horschel is 2 UP trough 3.

UPDATE (12:25): Victor Dubuisson is making quick work of Peter Hanson. He’s birdied his first three holes to take a 3 UP lead.

UPDATE (12:17): Fowler wins No. 3, but Walker wins No. 4. All square. Looks like both golfers showed up to play today.

UPDATE (12:08): Bubba Watson and Victor Dubuisson both win their first holes over Sweden’s Jonas Blixt and Peter Hanson.

UPDATE (12:03): Fowler answers right back with an eagle on the par-5 No. 2. Holed out from 100 yards. All square with Walker through 2.

UPDATE: (11:47): Bill Haas strikes first, taking the the second hole from Sergio Garcia for an early 1 UP lead. Jimmy Walker also jumped out in front of Rickie Fowler, winning the first hole off a Fowler bogey.

UPDATE (11:44): Sergio Garcia and Bill Haas are all square through 1, and the Round of 32 is underway!

UPDATE (9:54): Sergio Garcia tees off against Bill Haas in the first match in the Round of 32 at 11:20 AM (EST). Check back for live scores and updates throughout the day.

THURSDAY AT MATCH PLAYRound 2 Scores | TV Schedule | Printable Bracket

UPDATE (7:09): Ernie Els edges Stephen Gallacher in 19 holes in the final match of Wednesday’s first round, so here are tomorrow’s match ups in the Gary Player Bracket: Justin Rose vs. Ernie Els, Jason Dufner vs. Matteo Manassero, Matt Kuchar vs. Ryan Moore, Jordan Spieth vs. Thomas Bjorn.

UPDATE (7:05): This was by far the strangest moment of Wednesday’s opening round.

UPDATE (6:57): It’s not over yet. Ernie Els and Stephen Gallacher need extra holes to settle the final match of the first round.

UPDATE (6:52): Justin Rose hangs on to defeat Scott Piercy, so three of the four No. 1 seeds advance to Round 2.

UPDATE (6:44): Two matches have yet to be decided: Justin Rose is 1 UP on Scott Piercy on 18 and Ernie Els and Stephen Gallacher are all square heading into the final hole.

UPDATE (6:34): Louis Oosthuizen weathered a furious comeback by Nick Watney to take the match 1 UP and complete the second round picture for the Bobby Jones Bracket: Henrik Stenson vs. Louis Oosthuizen, Brandt Snedeker vs. Webb Simpson, Jason Day vs. Billy Horschel, George Coetzee vs. Patrick Reed.

UPDATE (6:15): Henrik Stenson escaped his first round match with Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 2&1.

UPDATE (5:50): 2012 winner (and 2013 runner-up) Hunter Mahan advanced into the second round with a 3&2 win over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, so the Sam Snead Bracket Round 2 match ups are set: Richard Sterne vs. Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell vs. Hideki Matsuyama, Peter Hanson vs. Victor Dubuisson, Bubba Watson vs. Jonas Blixt.

UPDATE (5:41): Jason Dufner was 3 holes back on the 14th tee but stormed back to defeat Scott Stallings.

Jason Dufner

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UPDATE (5:37): Brandt Snedeker needed 20 holes to sneak past David Lynn to play Presidents Cup partner Webb Simpson in Round 2.

UPDATE (5:17): The Ben Hogan Bracket Round 2 match ups are set: Rory McIroy vs. Harris English, Charl Schwartzel vs. Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia vs. Bill Haas, Rickie Fowler vs. Jimmy Walker.

UPDATE (5:06): Zach Johnson is the first No. 1 seed to fall, 5&4 to Richard Sterne.

UPDATE (5:03): Graeme McDowell completes a tremendous comeback against Gary Woodland, battling back from three holes down with three to play to send the match to a 19th hole and win.

UPDATE (4:59): A Rory McIlroy chip shot goes bad! Hits a camera, and a fan stumbles into a cactus. Jimmy Walker’s wife Erin said it best:

UPDATE (4:41): Hideki Matsuyama defeats Martin Kaymer, 2&1. Matsuyama will face the winner of McDowell/Woodland, which became the second match of the day to need extra holes after McDowell clawed back from a 4-hole deficit.

UPDATE (4:30): 2011 Match Play champ Luke Donald got knocked out — with authority at 5&4 — by Matteo Manassero, a 20-year-old Italian who is currently the youngest golfer to win a European Tour event.

UPDATE (4:20): A pair of US Amateur Champions — Matt Kuchar and Ryan Moore — will meet in Round 2, as Moore defeated Joost Luiten 1 UP. 43-year-old Jim Furyk, a seasoned match play veteran of many Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, also survived his opening round contest again Chris Kirk. Furyk will face Charl Schwartzel in Round 2.

UPDATE (3:58): Third time’s a charm for Sergio. Garcia sinks his third putt to win to defeat Marc Leishman in 22 holes and advance to a second round matchup against Bill Haas.

Sergio Garcia

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UPDATE (3:54): No surprises here: Jason Day defeated Thorbjorn Oleson, 2 UP, to advance to Round 2, where he will face Billy Horschel. Charl Schwartzel dropped Kevin Stadler, 3 and 2, and will face the winner of Furyk/Kirk.

UPDATE (3:46): Match of the Day: Garcia and Leishman are heading to the 22nd hole. Who’s your pick?

UPDATE (3:38): Sergio misses his second putt to win as he and Leishman move on to their 21 hole.

UPDATE (3:32): Now it’s official. Kuchar defeats Wiesberger (again), this time 3 and 2.

UPDATE (3:15): Not so fast! Matt Kuchar incorrectly placed his ball on No. 14 and loses the hole. Wiesberger is still alive — barely — heading to 15.

UPDATE (3:12): Graeme McDowell has cut Gary Woodland’s lead in half. Woodland is 2 up through 11.

UPDATE (3:08): Defending champion Matt Kuchar takes care of Bernd Wiesberger, 5 and 4.

UPDATE (3:04): Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman are headed to the 19th hole after Garcia missed his putt to close out the match.

UPDATE (3:00): What do you think of Rickie Fowler’s new haircut?

Rickie Fowler

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UPDATE (2:45): Another big upset: Peter Hanson of Sweden drops Dustin Johnson, 4 and 3. Hanson will face Victor Dubuisson (who defeated Kevin Streelman handily, 5 and 4) in Round 2.

UPDATE (2:42): Jordan Spieth defeats Pablo Larrazabal, 2 UP. The talented sophomore will face veteran Thomas Bjorn in Round 2.

UPDATE (2:40): Check out Rickie Fowler’s 41-foot eagle putt.

UPDATE (2:30): Jordan Spieth and Pablo Larrazabal have played one of the tightest matches of the day. Spieth is 1 up headed to 18.

UPDATE (2:15): 2001 champion Steve Stricker is out in the first round after falling to George Coetzee, 3 and 1, in the Bobby Jones bracket. Coetzee will play either Graham DeLaet or Patrick Reed in the second round. They’re all square through 16.

UPDATE (2:00): Jonas Blixt has advanced to the second round and a match up with Riviera champ Bubba Watson after defeating Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1, in the Sam Snead bracket. Defending match play champ Matt Kuchar is 1 up on Bernd Wiesberger through nine in the Gary Player bracket. Peter Hanson has is 2 up on Dustin Johnson through 12.

UPDATE (1:45): Peter Hanson is 3 up on Dustin Johnson through 10. Keegan Bradley is fighting to stay alive against Jonas Blixt, who’s 2 up headed to No. 17. Bradley birdied No. 16 to keep the match alive.

UPDATE (1:30): Bubba Watson moves onto the second round with a 2 and 1 win over Mikko Ilonen. He’ll play the winner of the Keegan Bradley/Jonas Blixt match. Blixt is 3 up through 15.

UPDATE (1:15): Rickie Fowler has advanced to the second round with a 2 and 1 win over Ian Poulter. Poulter had a chance at birdie on No. 17 but missed.

UPDATE (1:00): Rickie Fowler is 2 up on Ian Poulter with two holes to go. The winner gets to face Jimmy Walker in the second round.

Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker watches an approach during his first-round victory over Branden Grace.

UPDATE (12:45): Jimmy Walker is the first winner of the day, 5 and 4 over Branden Grace. He’ll play the winner of the Rickie Fowler/Ian Poulter match. Fowler is 2 up through 14.

UPDATE (12:30): Rickie Fowler eagled the par-5 13th hole to go three up on Ian Poulter through 13 holes. Jimmy Walker is 3 up on Branden Grace through 12. Bubba Watson is 2 down to Mikko Ilonen, also through 12.

UPDATE (12:15): Bill Haas is 2 up through six holes in his match with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Speaking of Jimenez, here’s the latest stretching exercises from the World’s Most Interesting Golfer, courtesy of Ping:

UPDATE (NOON): Mikko Ilonen birdied 9 and 10 and is 2 up on Bubba Watson through 10 holes. Jimmy Walker is 4 up on Branden Grace through 10 and Rickie Fowler leads Ian Poulter by 2 through 11 holes after making a bogey 6 at the 11th. Here’s Rickie warming up in the early morning hours before starting his match:

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler warms up before his match against Ian Poulter. (Getty Images)

UPDATE (11:50): Rickie Fowler made par at the 10th to bogey for Ian Poulter and is 3 up headed to the 11th.

UPDATE (11:40): Mark Leishman has made a pair of birdies in his match with Sergio Garcia and is 2 up headed to the fifth.

UPDATE (11:30): Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter have made the turn with Fowler 2 up. Fowler was 3 up before Poulter birdied the par-5 8th hole. Jimmy Walker is 4 up on Branden Grace through 8.

UPDATE (11:15): Steve Stricker, making his 2014 debut, bogeyed the first two holes of the day and is 2 down through 5 holes to South African George Coetzee. Stricker is playing the event after his brother underwent successful transplant surgery last week.

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter takes some early morning practice swings (Getty Images).

UPDATE (11:02): Rickie Fowler has won three consecutive holes over match play master Ian Poulter and stands 3 up through 7. Red hot Jimmy Walker also has a 3-hole lead on South African Braden Grace through 6.

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40 comments
Bill Wade
Bill Wade

After all the short putts Sergio missed later on maybe he had a premonition and really did not want to putt the 6 footer!!!!

Bill Ferguson
Bill Ferguson

Ah, the slow measured pace and flow ! To their life and golf games?? Good stuff!

Toto Varela
Toto Varela

naa. Rickie putted really well on the back 9...

Josh Bate
Josh Bate

Another Sergio #fail #spitinthecup

Kenneth Lee
Kenneth Lee

It was almost an insult to Rickie. He was taunting Rickie by that gesture - it wasn't sportmanship. Coz nobody in their right mind would concede an 18 footer even in a friendly match.

Pablo Castaño
Pablo Castaño

I'm a Sergio but recognize he can get too impassioned sometimes. But this and other situations show he can really be a nice, classy guy.

Jamie Colburn-Droopy
Jamie Colburn-Droopy

I can't stand Sergio but he gets crap for anything he does. Good show of gamesmanship.

JerryArk
JerryArk

@si_golf Great Match and Sergio did say if it was him waiting that long b/4 putting he would probably get upset, so IMHO a Class Act

Joe Gendron
Joe Gendron

2 of my absolute favorite guys in the game. Cant pick who I want to win!!!

Michael Wilcox
Michael Wilcox

my heart was ricky but didnt choose him. I almost went with DJ to win it all. another 1 n done hahahaha

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

Rickie hasn't been with Butch long enough yet. I like him also but he's only gonna be good in spurts until about July.....then watch out. He wants on that Ryder Cup team bad !!!

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

But I like him this week to go deep. Still do. Could be totally wrong .

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

Or you could bet with your head not your heart. I hate Slurgio. With a passion. When he spit in a cup after holing out a putt I was done with him.

Michael Wilcox
Michael Wilcox

had to go with someone since my 2 guys arent playing

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

Oh I'm just making reference to at least my winner got out day 1 Stricker lover !!!! Pahahaha

Michael Wilcox
Michael Wilcox

even I had him winning that one hahhha tomo diff story

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

Whoooooo Hooooooo Michael Wilcox

Bernhard Riedler
Bernhard Riedler

Haha, I know who will win the big matchplay in September. Again.

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