WGC-Accenture Match Play Round 1 results

By Will GrayFebruary 22, 2013, 1:24 am

After weather delays plagued the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship for much of Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, players are once again on the course at Dove Mountain. Check back here for recaps of matches as they finish to see which players have survived Round 1, and which players have already been sent home:

HOGAN BRACKET

(6) Matt Kuchar def. (11) Hiroyuki Fujita, 3 and 2: Kuchar was well ahead throughout the match Wednesday, and had a chance to close out Fujita both on his final hole yesterday and first hole today. It took until the 16th to end the match, but Kuchar advances.

(3) Sergio Garcia def. (14) Thongchai Jaidee, 20 holes: Garcia appeared in control of this match, holding a 2-up lead and standing on the 16th green when the horn blew Wednesday. He began his day Thursday with a three-putt from 12 feet, though, and Jaidee birdied No. 18 to force extra holes. After the Thai lipped out a birdie putt to win on the first extra hole, Garcia's two-putt birdie on the 20th ended Jaidee's comeback bid.

(10) Nicolas Colsaerts def. (7) Bill Haas, 5 and 4: One of the standouts from last year's Ryder Cup, Colsaerts defeated the 2011 FedEx Cup champion in convincing fashion. A 3-up leader to begin the day, the Belgian easily closed out Haas, who remains winless in this event after a third straight early exit. 

(2) Justin Rose def. (15) K.J. Choi, 2 and 1: After building an early 4-up lead Wednesday, Rose saw his advantage vanish as Choi battled back. The Englishman took back the upper hand Thursday, though, and held on for a narrow victory. An intriguing second-round matchup with Colsaerts now awaits.

(13) Marcus Fraser def. (4) Keegan Bradley, 1 up: Though it appeared that Bradley would seize momentum after holing out from the fairway for an eagle on the 10th hole, the little-known Australian was able stay in the match down the back nine. A birdie on the 17th gave him a 1-up lead, and Fraser pulled off the upset when both players bogied the home hole.

(12) Fredrik Jacobson def. (5) Ernie Els: After missing a short putt to make the playoff at last week's Northern Trust Open, Jacobson was able to bounce back against the British Open champion. The match was squared with only a few holes remaining, but Els saw two short putts slide by down the stretch, including a three-putt on the final hole that cost him the match.

(9) Robert Garrigus def. (8) Branden Grace, 3 and 2: Garrigus put together one of the more impressive performances Thursday, birdieing five of his first eight holes en route to a 4-up lead. He was able to keep the South African at bay across the back nine, maintaining at least a 4-up advantage from the seventh hole onward.

(1) Louis Oosthuizen def. (16) Richie Ramsay, 2 and 1: The former British Open champion appeared in trouble against the 2006 U.S. Amateur champion, as Ramsay held a 2-up lead after 11 holes. Oosthuizen won the next four holes in a row, though, bringing an end to any upset plans the Scot may have been formulating.


SNEAD BRACKET

(6) Bo Van Pelt def. (11) John Senden, 6 and 5: Senden got out to an early lead in this match Wednesday, but Van Pelt won six straight holes before play was halted. With only a chip and a conceded putt Thursday, Van Pelt closed out the Aussie to advance to the second round.

(3) Ian Poulter def. (14) Stephen Gallacher, 2 and 1: A champion here in 2010, Poulter continued the match play success that was on display at last year's Ryder Cup. Beginning Thursday's play with a 3-up lead and only six holes to go, he was able to finally close out the Scot on the 17th green.

(10) Thorbjorn Olesen def. (7) Jamie Donaldson, 3 and 2: One of the brightest young stars on the European Tour, Olesen never trailed in the match. A 3-up leader when play was halted Wednesday, the Dane was able to maintain that lead Thursday before closing out the Welshman on the 16th green.

(15) Tim Clark def. (2) Adam Scott, 2 and 1: In a battle of anchored putters, the diminutive South African emerged victorious. Scott began the day with a slim 1-up lead, but Clark battled back before taking the lead for good on the 16th hole, closing out the Australian one hole later.

(4) Steve Stricker def. (13) Henrik Stenson, 5 and 4: Despite making his first start since Kapalua, Stricker was staked to an early lead as Stenson bogeyed each of the first three holes Wednesday. The 2007 Match Play champ was never able to mount a rally, as Stricker held at least a 3-up lead from the fifth hole onward.

(5) Nick Watney def. (12) David Toms, 5 and 4: Though Toms has a solid history in this event, Watney never trailed in this match. Winning three straight holes from Nos. 10-12 allowed the Californian to take control of things, setting up an all-American second-round matchup with Stricker.

(9) Scott Piercy def. (8) Paul Lawrie, 4 and 3: Piercy grabbed each of the first two holes in the match, and Lawrie was never able to recover. The long-hitting American went on to notch three birdies in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 12-15 to close out the Scot in convincing fashion.

(1) Luke Donald def. (16) Marcel Siem, 1 up: Donald appeared to have the match well in hand, making the turn with a 2-up lead, only to see the German win holes 10-12 to take a 1-up advantage. The Englishman quickly leveled the match, though, and a birdie on the 18th hole gave him the win just before darkness fell at Dove Mountain.


JONES BRACKET

(11) Jason Day def. (6) Zach Johnson, 6 and 5: Day was able to put the pressure on the former Masters champion early Wednesday, building a 6-up lead before play stopped. With three holes played Thursday, the Aussie completed the day's first upset.

(14) Russell Henley def. (3) Charl Schwartzel, 1 up: Henley got out to a 2-up lead early in the match, but the former Masters champ drew even when play stopped Wednesday. Henley was able to re-take the lead Thursday, and held on for a remarkable upset over the South African that was a popular pick to win it all this week.

(7) Jim Furyk def. (10) Ryan Moore, 4 and 2: Furyk never trailed in this match, amassing as much as a 4-up lead early in the back nine. The former U.S. Open champ moves on, largely thanks to four birdies across a five-hole stretch from Nos. 10-14.

(2) Bubba Watson def. (15) Chris Wood, 2 and 1: The reigning Masters champ received a stern test from Wood, as the Englishman trimmed Watson's advantage to 1-up with three holes remaining. After a long birdie putt on 16 and a conceded birdie from short range a hole later, though, the No. 2 seed in the Jones Bracket was able to advance. 

(13) Alexander Noren def. (4) Dustin Johnson, 6 and 4: Still looking to find his form since a season-opening win at Kapalua, Johnson was unable to win a single hole during his opening-round match. The Swede advanced easily, still with aspirations of cracking the top 50 in the world and qualifying for the WGC-Cadillac Championship in two weeks.

(5) Graeme McDowell def. (12) Padraig Harrington, 2 up: In one of the day's more anticipated matchups, the Ulsterman never trailed but did receive a challenge from Harrington. McDowell's 3-up lead was eliminated by three straight birdies from the three-time major champ at holes 13-15, but a bogey by Harrington on the 16th hole gave McDowell a lead that he would not again relinquish.

(16) Shane Lowry def. (1) Rory McIlroy, 1 up: In the day's biggest upset, the top overall seed in the tournament was ousted after just one round. Lowry chipped in twice to build a back-nine lead, then held off a late charge from the Ulsterman to secure the surprise win and advance to the second round.

(9) Carl Pettersson def. (8) Rickie Fowler, 19 holes: The Swede appeared ready to close out this match before darkness fell, but Fowler mounted a back-nine rally to extend matters to Friday. A birdie from Fowler on 18 Friday morning forced extras, but a wayward drive on the 19th gave the match to the Swede.


PLAYER BRACKET

(6) Hunter Mahan def. (11) Matteo Manassero, 5 and 4: Mahan got off to a hot start Wednesday, turning with a 4-up advantage when play stopped. He was able finish off the young Italian early Thursday, becoming the first defending champion since 2010 to win his opening match the following year.

(14) Richard Sterne def. (3) Jason Dufner, 1 up: Though Schwartzel got the pre-tournament billing as the hot player hailing from South Africa, Sterne has been no slouch in his own right. The Joburg Open champion held off a comeback from Dufner, closing out the American on the home hole to become the second No. 14 seed to advance to the second round.

(7) Martin Kaymer def. (10) George Coetzee, 2 and 1: The South African entered as one of the hotter players in this week's field, but was unable to overcome the 2010 PGA champion. Kaymer increased his lead to 2-up with an eagle on 13 and was able to hold on from there.

(15) Rafael Cabrera-Bello def. (2) Lee Westwood, 19 holes: Westwood led for nearly the entire match, and held a 2-up advantage heading to the 12th hole. The Spaniard rallied though, forcing extra holes when Westwood bogied the 18th and winning the match with a birdie on the first extra hole.

(4) Webb Simpson def. (13) David Lynn, 5 and 4: The reigning U.S. Open champion advanced easily Thursday, turning a 3-up lead at the turn into an even bigger advantage as the Englishman carded five bogeys in his first 11 holes.

(5) Peter Hanson def. (12) Thomas Bjorn, 3 and 2: The Dane held an early lead in this match, building a 2-up lead at the turn. Hanson went on to win five of the next six holes though to turn the tide, and will now face Simpson in the second round.

(16) Charles Howell III def. (1) Tiger Woods, 2 and 1: In the only opening-round match where neither player made a bogey, Howell never trailed. With the match all square, he grabbed the lead with a tap-in birdie at 15, then essentially sealed the victory with a lengthy birdie putt one hole later.

(8) Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano def. Francesco Molinari (2 up): This match was tight throughout, with things ending all square Thursday night with three holes remaining. The Italian bogeyed two of the three holes played Friday, though, and Fernandez-Castano joins countrymen Garcia and Cabrera-Bello in the second round.

Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

“He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook sank a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at RSM Classic.

Cook has gone 36 holes without making a bogey on the Plantation Course or the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

Cook was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back.

Bubba (64) fires his lowest round of 2017

By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:12 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Bubba Watson’s plan when he left the Dell Technologies Championship in September was to take a few months off and come back fresh in 2018

Those plans changed after a few weeks.

“What we figured out was the mental side, preparing for kindergarten - not for me, for my son - preparing for [wife] Angie's knee surgery. It's been a tough go,” Watson said.

“Being home and being with the family and everything, I realized how much I missed the game of golf, and that's why I wanted to come and play in these tournaments.”


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The plan has paid off this week at the RSM Classic, where Watson is tied for 12th place after a second-round 64 on the Seaside course moved him to 7 under par.

Watson, who tied for 51st two weeks ago in Las Vegas, got off to a quick start on Day 2, playing the opening nine in 29. Despite a miscue at the 14th hole, when his tee shot wedged into a tree, he was solid coming in for his best individual round this year.

The left-hander was particularly sharp with his ball-striking after what has been a difficult year.

“I want to play golf now and right now I'm swinging at it pretty nicely,” he said.

S.H. Park (65) builds three-shot lead at LPGA finale

By Doug FergusonNovember 17, 2017, 9:58 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Golf felt so easy to Sung Hyun Park that only when she took out her card to catch up on her scores did she realize she had closed out the front nine with five straight birdies at the CME Group Tour Championship.

Park kept right on attacking.

The 24-year-old from South Korea added a 30-foot eagle putt late in her second round and finished with a 7-under 65, giving her a three-shot lead going into the weekend at Tiburon Golf Club.

Nothing seems to bother her, even the chance to cap off an amazing rookie season by sweeping all the big awards on the LPGA Tour.

''To be honest, I don't feel quite as nervous as I thought I would,'' Park said through an interpreter. ''After the first shot, after the first hole, I felt a lot more comfortable. I'm not feeling as nervous as I thought I might be going into today.''

Leave that to the players chasing her.

Even with a three-putt bogey on the final hole, Park was at 12-under 132 and was three shots clear of Caroline Masson (66) and Sarah Jane Smith (69).


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More importantly, none of the other players in the chase for the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus or any other big award was within five shots of Park, who is trying to become the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win LPGA player of the year.

Lexi Thompson, who leads the Race to the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average, shot a 67 and wound up losing ground. She was six shots behind and must stay within 10 shots of Park to win the Vare.

So Yeon Ryu, who leads the points-based award for player of the year, managed a 71 with her sore right shoulder but was 11 shots back.

The other two players who need to win the tournament to collect the $1 million bonus also had their work cut out for them. Brooke Henderson had another 70 and was eight shots behind, while world No. 1 Shanshan Feng shot 73 and was 11 shots behind.

Park was in control, only she didn't see it that way.

''I don't think it's quite that far of a lead,'' Park said. ''Two, three shots of a lead can change at any moment. We will have to see what's in store for this weekend.''

Park began her big run with an 18-foot birdie on No. 5, got up-and-down for birdie from just off the green at the par-5 sixth, holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 7, and then closed out the front nine with birdie putts from 8 feet and 15 feet.

''I actually didn't know that I was going five birdies in a row,'' Park said. ''Come hole No. 10, I realized that I hadn't been jotting down my scores as diligently, and so I realized it a little bit later on. And it felt great.''

That gave her the lead by one shot over Suzann Pettersen, except that Pettersen faded badly on the back nine.

Pettersen dropped four shots in a three-hole stretch by getting out of position off the tee and she shot 39 on the back nine for a 70 to fall five shots behind.

''I feel like I'm playing good,'' Pettersen said. ''Three bad drives on the back nine cost me four shots. That should not be possible on this course, where the fairways are about 100 yards wide.''

Park was honored at an awards banquet Thursday night as the LPGA rookie of the year. Now, she has more awards in her sights. A victory would give her the award for player of the year. She would capture the money title, which she leads over Ryu. And depending on how the weekend goes, she might be able to surpass Thompson in the race for the Vare Trophy.

Thompson did well to recover from two bogeys on her opening three holes.

''I hit a few really erratic shots in the beginning. It wasn't a good start to the round,'' Thompson said. ''Just tried to stay positive and find something that could work for the last 14, 15 holes.''

Lydia Ko fell six shots behind in her bid to avoid a winless season. She was one shot behind going into the second round but managed only three birdies in her round of 71.

Park, meanwhile, had everything going her way. Even when she pulled her drive on the par-5 14th into a sandy area with a root next to her ball, she picked it clear and sent it through a goal post of trees back to the fairway. Three holes later, she blasted a drive and had only a 7-iron into the green at the par-5 17th, which she hit to 30 feet and made the long putt.

Does anything make her nervous?

''I hate spiders,'' she said. ''But in terms of golf, I always get nervous to this day on the first tee. I can feel my heart pounding.''

It's a feeling that doesn't appear to last very long.