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.

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Garcia 2 back in storm-halted Andalucia Masters

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 7:08 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.

More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.


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English journeyman Chesters collected six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Gregory Bourdy of France. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia was on 68 along with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Australia's Jason Scrivener.

''It's a shame I can't keep going because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything, I'm very happy with 5 under,'' Chesters said. ''The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.''

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Caddies drop lawsuit; Tour increases healthcare stipend

By Rex HoggardOctober 18, 2018, 3:33 pm

After nearly four years of litigation, a group of PGA Tour caddies have dropped their lawsuit against the circuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

In January 2017, Jay Monahan took over as commissioner of the Tour and began working with the APTC to find a solution to the healthcare issue. Sajtinac said the Tour has agreed to increase the stipend it gives caddies for healthcare beginning next year.

“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

The Tour did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the agreement or the end to the lawsuit.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”

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PGA Tour Latinoamérica moving season finale to Doral

By Nick MentaOctober 18, 2018, 2:36 pm

PGA Tour Latinoamérica announced Wednesday that it will play its season finale, the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, at Trump National Doral from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The limited-field event will feature the top 60 players on the circuit's money list competing on Doral's Golden Palm Course.

“We are very happy that we will continue playing the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida, and Doral is a tremendous community that we know will open its arms to our players and this tournament,” PGA Tour Latinoamérica president Jack Warfield said in a statement.

The PGA Tour ended its more than 50-year relationship with Doral and the resort's Blue Monster course back in 2016, when Cadillac's title sponsorship of the World Golf Championship lapsed as then-candidate Donald Trump was mounting his bid for the presidency.

“We continue to stand by our earlier statement, and the statement of other golf organizations, that Mr. Trump's comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf,” then-PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in December 2015, referring to Trump's campaign rhetoric concerning Mexicans and Muslims.

The event was moved to Mexico City in 2017 and renamed the WGC-Mexico Championship.

The Latinoamérica Tour Championship was staged the last two years at Melreese Country Club in Miami, where David Beckham is currently attempting to build a stadium for his Major League Soccer expansion club, Inter Miami.

PGA Tour Latinoamérica's release states that the move to Doral "keeps the event in this part of the Sunshine State and allows the tournament to maintain its ties to The First Tee of Miami as a charitable recipient and sponsor." Melreese, the city's only public golf course, is home to the First Tee of Miami, which naturally opposes Beckham's efforts to close the facility and repurpose the land.

A November referendum will ask voters to decide if the city should negotiate a no-bid lease with Beckham's ownership group, which seeks to create a $1 billion dollar complex comprising of the proposed stadium, youth soccer fields, a park, commercial and retail space, and a hotel.

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Im wins Web.com Player and Rookie of the Year awards

By Nick MentaOctober 18, 2018, 1:22 pm

Sungjae Im on Thursday was named the Web.com Tour's 2018 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Im won twice on the Web.com this year, taking the season opener in January, The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, and the season finale in August, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, to become the first player in history lead the circuit's money list wire-to-wire.

Im is the first Korean-born player to win the Web's POY award and, at 20 years old, its youngest recipient.

In a player vote, Im bested Anders Albertson, Sam Burns, Kramer Hickok and Martin Trainer, 2018's only other two-time winner, for POY honors, and Burns, Hickock, Trainer and Cameron Champ for ROY honors.

“My first year on the Web.com Tour was an incredibly happy time for me,” Im said, “and it’s pretty surreal that I was able to win the first and last tournament of the season. I honestly thought I would spend about two to three years on the Web.com Tour before making it to the PGA Tour, so I’m happy to have achieved my goal so soon. I’m grateful to have earned the Player of the Year honors and I hope to finish the remainder of the PGA Tour season on a good note.”

In his first PGA Tour start, Im tied for fourth at the Safeway Open, earning $241,280, a little less than half of the $534,326 he amassed in 25 starts as the Web's regular-season money winner.

Playing this week's CJ Cup in his native South Korea, Im opened with a 1-over 73 Thursday.