Match Play Tracker: Recapping Round 1

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MARANA, Arizona — Luke Donald has become only the third No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round of the Match Play Championship.

Ernie Els built an early lead and never let go in a 5-and-4 victory over the top-ranked player in the world.

A year after Donald never trailed in any of the six matches he won to capture the title, he never led against Els. He joins Tiger Woods in 2002 and Steve Stricker in 2010 as the only top seeds to fail to get out of the opening round.

Woods barely made it through at Dove Mountain.

He trailed Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano by one hole until winning the 15th and 16th, then holed an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole to avoid going into extra holes.

Dustin Johnson made the greatest escape, beating Jim Furyk in 20 holes. Ryo Ishikawa also rallied late to beat Riviera winner Bill Haas.

18-year-old Matteo Manassero pulled off a big upset by knocking off Webb Simpson, while Robert Rock also eliminated Adam Scott.

Check out how all of it happened on Wednesday:

• • •

Finally, Rory closes it out

After being 3 up with three to go, Rory McIlroy managed to get past George Cotezee 2 up, but was extended to 18 holes.

McIlroy will face Anders Hansen, who beat K.T. Kim earlier on Wednesday.

• • •

Upset Wednesday

7:11 p.m. EST

There were 15 upsets on Wednesday (lower seed beating higher seed), which is the second-most in the tournament's history. There were 19 upsets in 1999.

And George Coetzee is trying to make it 16, as he has sent his match with Rory McIlroy to the 18th by winning No. 17 with a par.

• • •

Down to one

Peter Hanson has eliminated Jason Dufner, 2 and 1, with a par at the 17th. Hanson advances to face Ernie Els, who eliminated top-seeded Luke Donald earlier Wednesday.

• • •

Nearing the end

Only two matches remain at Dove Mountain after Anders Hansen closed out K.T. Kim, 5 and 3. Hansen is awaiting his second-round opponent, as George Coetzee has taken Rory McIlroy to the 17th hole (McIlroy leads 2 up).

• • •

Marathon match ends

Retief Goosen couldn't close out Brandt Snedeker on No. 18 in regulation, and Snedeker made him pay on the third playoff hole, defeating the South African to advance to play Kyle Stanley on Thursday.

• • •

Donald, Fowler bow out

6:10 p.m. EST

Luke Donald ran into a buzzsaw on Wednesday, as the 64-seeded Ernie Els eliminated the defending Match Play champion in a landslide - 5 and 4.

Moments later, Rickie Fowler was ousted by veteran David Toms on the 18th hole. Toms advances to face Martin Kaymer.

Lee Westwood has also advanced with an easy win over Nicolas Colsaerts. Westwood will take on Robert Karlsson, who beat Fredrik Jacobson, 6 and 5.

• • •

Jimenez, Kaymer advance

5:36 p.m. EST

Martin Kaymer had little problem with southpaw Greg Chalmers, advancing behind a 4-and-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Kaymer will play the Rickie Fowler-David Toms winner (Toms leads 2 up thru 14 holes).

Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia has been eliminated by countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez, 3 an 1. Jimenez will face Keegan Bradley on Thursday. Bradley beat Geoff Ogilvy, 4 and 3.

• • •

Tiger's 18th hole

Tiger takes fairway wood and calmly puts it on the right side of the fairway. Castano follows and puts his tee ball on the left side of the fairway.

Castano goes right after the hole, about eight feet from the pin. Tiger lofts an 8-iron high in the air, but it flies over the flag and into a greenside bunker.

Tiger plays a superb job out of the bunker and gives himself about six feet for par.

Castano misses his birdie putt and taps in for a par to put the pressure on Tiger to make and avoid extra holes.

And he makes it to send Castano home and advance to the second round.

Tiger on the day: Wins 1 up

Elsewhere on the course

Kyle Stanley closes out K.J. Choi on the 17th for a 2-and-1 victory.

Keegan Bradley eliminates Geoff Ogilvy to advance to the second round.

• • •

Tiger's 17th hole

Tiger chooses to take 3-wood off the tee and hits the left side of the fairway, trickling just into the first cut of intermediate rough. Castano pulls driver and puts it on the tongue of a fairway bunker, where he'll have an awkward stance for his second shot.

Tiger hits a fantastic second shot from 180 yards and it lands within 10 feet for birdie. Castano hits a good shot as well, landing on the green behind the hole, about 35 feet from the hole.

Castano two-putts for a par and Tiger does the same to send the match to the 18th hole.

Tiger on the day: 1 up (thru 17 holes)

• • •

Tiger's 16th hole

With the honors off the tee at the par 3, Tiger calmly puts it on the green. Moments later, Castano yanks his tee ball well left of the green and will have a tough chip shot.

Castano plays a nice ball out of the rough and leaves four feet for par. From 32 feet, Tiger pushes it past the hole on the left and leaves two feet for par.

Castano misses his par putt and Tiger doesn't, and Woods retakes the lead.

Tiger on the day: 1 up (thru 16 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Matt Kuchar eliminates Jonathan Byrd, 1 up, with a nice birdie on No. 18.

• • •

Tiger's 15th hole

Both players go for the green at the drivable par 4, with Castano bounding to the right of the green, while Tiger hits in front of the green and comes to rest about 25 feet away from the pin and will have an eagle putt.

Tiger gives the eagle putt a run and taps in for birdie. Castano misses his birdie putt and the match is square.

Tiger on the day: All Square (thru 15 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Jason Day defeats R.C. Bello after being 3 down with three to go. Day completed the comeback with a birdie on the first playoff hole. He'll play John Senden on Thursday.

• • •

Tiger's 14th hole

Tiger hits the fairway with his drive, but his approach shot goes right over the flag and into the rough.

He gets up-and-down for par, and Castano does the same as they halve another hole.

Tiger on the day: 1 down (thru 14 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Bubba Watson eliminates Ben Crane, 3 and 2, in the battle of Golf Boys.

• • •

Tiger's 13th hole

3:53 p.m. EST

Tiger hammers his drive to the right side of the fairway and has a good look at the green at the par-5 13th hole.

His approach shot stays right and he lands to the right of the green, midway down a slope.

Castano missed the green with his second shot and is a greenside bunker.

Tiger's chip comes to rest about 12 feet under the hole, while Castano plays his bunker shot about five feet past the hole.

Both players miss and settle for a halve.

Tiger on the day: 1 down (thru 13 holes)

• • •

Another upset

Robert Rock is becoming a giant killer, knocking off Adam Scott, 1 up, to advance to the second round. Scott was the No. 2 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket. Rock will face Mark Wilson on Thursday.

• • •

Tiger's 12th hole

3:43 p.m. EST

Castano hits the green at the par-3 12th, but will have at least 40 feet for birdie. Tiger flies to the back of the green and will have a chip back down the green.

Both players get in for par to halve the hole.

Tiger on the day: 1 down (thru 12 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Martin Laird eliminates Alvaro Quiros on the 17th hole and will face Matteo Manassero on Thursday.

• • •

Tiger's 11th hole

3:31 p.m. EST

Tiger puts his drive on the left side of the fairway and then tries to go for the green on the par 5, but pulls his 3-wood left of the green and into trouble.

Meanwhile, Castano finds the desert of the tee and has to simply put his second shot back into the fairway.

Tiger has to hit out of a bush for the second-straight hole and it goes about two feet. His fourth shot runs about four feet past. He misses the par putt and falls behind again.

Tiger on the day: 1 down (thru 11 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Mark Wilson eliminates Bo Van Pelt, 3 and 2, to advance to the second round.

Robert Rock has taken a 1-up lead on Adam Scott thru 16 holes.

• • •

Tiger's 10th hole

3:13 p.m. EST

Tiger and Castano get in trouble off the tee, both hooking the ball well left.

Castano has to take an unplayable and hits three from the fairway. Tiger chooses to try and hit out of it, and his second shot stays in the desert and he has to blast his third shot out of a bush and it lands in a greenside bunker.

Tiger's bunker shot is well-played and comes to rest about five feet away from the pin. He misses the putt and Castano is able to get up-and down to win the hole.

Tiger on the day: All Square (thru 10 holes)

• • •

Manassero, Oosthuizen advance

3:05 p.m. EST

Louis Oosthuizen beat Aaron Baddeley, 2 and 1, with a birdie at 17 to advance to play Steve Stricker on Thursday.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Matteo Manassero has eliminated Webb Simpson, 3 and 2. Manassero will play the winner of the Alvaro Quiros-Martin Laird match (which is All Square thru 15 holes).

• • •

Molinari, Stricker move on

2:57 p.m. EST

Francesco Molinari was 1 down heading to the 18th, took advantage of a three-putt from Thomas Bjorn, halved the first playoff hole and then chipped in on the second playoff hole to eliminate Bjorn. Molinari will face Dustin Johnson on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Steve Stricker eliminated Kevin Na with a par on the 17th and advances to face the winner of Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Baddeley (Oosthuizen is 1 up thru 16 holes).

• • •

Tiger's ninth hole

2:48 p.m. EST

Tiger hits the fairway again off the tee and his approach goes left, but gets a good kick back onto the green, but he'll have a lengthy putt back down the green.

Castano was in bad shape after a good drive, yanking his second shot well left and it came to rest against a rock.

Tiger's 83-foot birdie putt rolls by on the right side and has five feet for par. Castano's third shot came out hot and screams across the green and into the rough on the opposite side of the green. Castano gets up-and-down for bogey, and Tiger misses his par putt and the hole is halved.

Tiger on the day: 1 up (thru 9 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Dustin Johnson eliminates Jim Furyk after being 3 down, beating Furyk with a par on the 20th hole after Furyk three-putted. Johnson had to take an unplayable lie on the hole, but hit great third and fourth shots.

• • •

Tiger's eighth hole

2:34 p.m. EST

Tiger hits the fairway off the tee at the par-5 8th hole, and then hammers a 3-wood to just off the back of the green and will have a good look at eagle.

Tiger's eagle chip checks a bit too much, but slides in his birdie putt. Castano picks up a pedestrian par.

Tiger on the day: 1 up (thru 8 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk will head to a 20th hole, as they traded pars on the 19th hole (they played No. 1).

Thomas Bjorn and Francesco Molinari both miss short putts on the 19th hole to send it to the 20th hole as well.

• • •

Tiger's seventh hole

2:15 p.m. EST

Tiger hits the par-4 7th green in regulation and then drains the long putt for birdie. Castano misses a birdie chip and the match is now square.

Tiger on the day: All Square (thru 7 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Sang-moon Bae eliminates 2010 champion Ian Poulter, 4 and 3.

Thomas Bjorn three-putts on the 18th hole, allowing Francesco Molinari to square the match and send it to extra holes.

• • •

Mahan advances

2:10 p.m. EST

Zach Johnson finds a bunch of trouble off the tee on the first hole of his playoff with Hunter Mahan, coming to rest in the desert next to a rock. His second shot hits another rock and settles only a few feet away in the same desert. Johnson doesn't get on the green until his fifth shot and concedes the match to Mahan.

Mahan will face Y.E. Yang on Thursday.

Elsewhere on the course

Charl Schwartzel defeats Gary Woodland, 4 and 2, to advance to the second round.

Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk will head to extra holes, with Furyk winning the 18th hole to extend the match.

Thomas Bjorn (1 up) and Francesco Molinari will head to the 18th.

• • •

Tiger's sixth hole

2:02 p.m. EST

Tiger Woods hits the back of the green at the par-3 6th hole and he misses a 12-foot birdie putt an inch to the right and he halves the hole with Castano.

Tiger on the day: 1 down (thru 6 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Paul Lawrie has eliminated Justin Rose, 1 up, to advance to face Ryo Ishikawa in the second round.

Dustin Johnson will head to the 18th with a 1-up lead over Jim Furyk after trading pars on No. 17.

Keegan Bradley wins the second hole and goes 1 up on Geoff Ogilvy early in their round

Webb Simpson, once 3 down, is now 1 down after winning the 12th hole against Matteo Manassero

• • •

Big upset

1:51 p.m. EST

Ryo Ishikawa overcame a 3-down deficit with five to play, tapping in for par on the 18th hole to beat Bill Haas and advance to the second round.

• • •

Tiger's fifth hole

1:48 p.m. EST

Tiger hits the middle of the fairway at the par-4 5th hole, and hits his approach shot pin-high and about 10 feet away for birdie.

Castano hits the rough off the tee and then misses the green with his second shot.

Tiger misses his birdie putt to the right, and makes a two-footer for par. Castano fails to get up-and-down for par and gives a hole back to Woods.

Tiger on the day: 1 down (thru 5 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Dustin Johnson chips in again on No. 16 and goes 1 up on Jim Furyk.

Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson trade fantastic third shots and then both one-putt to send the match to extra holes.

Justin Rose also sends his match to the 18th hole by halving the 17th against Paul Lawrie.

• • •

Tiger's fourth hole

1:33 p.m. EST

Tiger hits the fairway at the par-4 4th, and hits his approach shot from 120 yards well right of the hole and will have a tough birdie read up-and-down two mounds on the green.

Castano also hits the fairway, but then makes a big mistake with his approach shot, sending it over the green and into a deep bunker on the back side.

Castano plays his bunker shot past the hole and has about five feet back up the hill. He makes it for par.

Tiger nearly holes his tricky birdie putt and picks up a two-putt par.

Tiger on the day: 2 down (thru 4 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Dustin Johnson has squared his match with Jim Furyk thru 15 holes. Johnson was 3 down at one point.

Nick Watney has taken control against Darren Clarke, holding a 2-up lead thru 4 holes

Zach Johnson wins the 17th hole to square his match with Hunter Mahan.

Sang-moon Bae has moved to 2 up against Ian Poulter thru 12 holes.

Bill Haas misses a short birdie putt and falls into an All-Square match with Ryo Ishikawa headed to the 18th hole

• • •

Tiger's third hole

1:18 p.m. EST

Playing the par-3 3rd hole, Tiger poses over the shot, but it goes well left and into a greenside bunker. Castano lands on the green, about 25 feet past the hole.

Tiger plays his shot out of the bunker nicely and will have about four feet for par. He makes it to stop the bleeding.

Castano nearly pours in another birdie, but comes up two inches short and taps in for par.

Tiger on the day: 2 down (thru 3 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Jason Day is 3 down thru 6 holes against Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

John Senden is 3 up over Simon Dyson thru 6 holes.

Justin Rose wins the 15th hole to move to 1 down against Paul Lawrie.

• • •

Wow!

Dustin Johnson has moved to 1 down after chipping in for eagle on No. 13, moments after Jim Furyk had pitched in for birdie. Furyk led 3 up at the turn.

• • •

Tiger's second hole

1:10 p.m. EST

Playing the par-5 2nd hole, Castano misses badly off the tee and runs into a bush in the desert well to right of the fairway. Tiger pulls driver and also pushes it right and finds the desert just to the right of the fairway.

Castano is able to get a club on the ball and puts it out in the fairway. Tiger is forced to play left-handed, flipping his clubhead upside down and knocks it out near the fairway.

Tiger's third shot hits near the front of the green and it kicks left and into the greenside rough. Castano takes it will past the flag with his third shot and spins it back to about 20 feet under the hole.

Tiger chips to about four feet for par, but it doesn't matter after Castano drains his long birdie putt.

Tiger on the day: 2 down (thru 2 holes)

Elsewhere on the course

Y.E. Yang eliminates Graeme McDowell 2-and-1 with a birdie at No. 17.

Hunter Mahan takes a 1-up lead over Zach Johnson with a birdie at No. 15.

Jim Furyk hits a clutch par putt to stay 2 up on Dustin Johnson thru 12 holes.

Steve Stricker wins a hole at No. 9 to move to 1 up over Kevin Na.

• • •

Tiger's first hole

12:49 p.m. EST

Tiger, the Match Play winner in 2003, 2004 and 2008, pulls fairway wood and puts in the middle of the fairway. Opponent Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano also uses fairway wood and he smacks it into the middle of the fairway.

Castano flies past the hole with his approach and will have about 12 feet for birdie. Tiger answers with a shot that hits just past pin-high and it spins back to about seven feet for birdie.

Castano drains his birdie putt (with a tiny fist pump to boot), and Tiger misses his to the left.

Tiger on the day: 1 down (thru 1 hole)

Elsewhere on the course

Bill Haas has moved to 3 up against Ryo Ishikawa thru 13 holes

Y.E. Yang birdies No. 15 and Graeme McDowell answers and Yang will take a 1-up lead to the 16th hole, where they square the hole and are now headed to the 17th hole.

Robert Rock and Adam Scott are now AS thru 6 holes.

Matt Kuchar moves to 1 up thru 2 holes after a long eagle putt rolls in against Jonathan Byrd.

Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan are now square in their match thru 14 holes

• • •

Solid front

12:30 p.m.

Charl Schwartzel is having little problem with bomber Gary Woodland, making the turn at 3 up after winning the ninth hole.

Other movement on the course:

Jason Day is 1 down to 15-seed Rafael Cabrera-Bello thru 3 holes.

• Matteo Manassero is back to 3 up against Webb Simpson, now thru 6 holes

Bubba Watson takes the opening hole against fellow "Golf Boy" Ben Crane

Justin Rose is back to 2 down against Paul Lawrie, now thru 11 holes

• • •

All the way back

12:20 p.m.

At one point down two holes, Hunter Mahan has come all the way back to take a 1-up lead over Zach Johnson thru 12 holes.

Other movement on the course:

Y.E. Yang halves the hole at No. 13 from about eight feet to keep his 1-up lead over Graeme McDowell.

Louis Oosthuizen has taken the lead against Aaron Baddeley, moving to 1 up thru 5 holes.

Justin Rose has cut into Paul Lawrie's lead, now only 1 down thru 10 holes.

Webb Simpson picked up a hole against Matteo Manassero, and is now 2 down thru 5 holes

Adam Scott is 1 up thru 3 holes against Robert Rock

• • •

Running out of holes

12:07 p.m.

Dustin Johnson will make the turn 3 down to Jim Furyk, missing a putt on No. 9 to potentially cut into that lead.

Other movement on the course:

Graeme McDowell has cut into Y.E. Yang's lead, winning the 12th hole to move to 1 down

Matteo Manassero has extended his lead to 3 up over Webb Simpson thru 4 holes

Steve Stricker is now 1 up thru 6 holes in his match against Kevin Na

• • •

Looking good early

11:52 a.m.

Matteo Manassero has performed well in match-play situations and he is off to a great start on Wednesday, taking a 2-up lead over Webb Simpson thru 3 holes.

Other movement on the course:

Alvaro Quiros has taken early control against Martin Laird, holding a 1-up lead thru 2 holes

• Bill Haas is now 2 up against Ryo Ishikawa thru 9 holes

Y.E. Yang is 2 up on Graeme McDowell thru 10 holes

Paul Lawrie is 2 up on Justin Rose thru 8 holes

Sang-moon Bae has a 1 up lead over Ian Poulter thru 5 holes

• Thomas Bjorn is now 2 up on Francesco Molinari thru 7 holes

Dustin Johnson is 3 down to Jim Furyk thru 8 holes

• • •

Mahan's move

11:25 a.m.

Hunter Mahan didn't start the day on the best note - going 2 down thru 3 holes - but has won both Nos. 6 and 7 to square his match with Zach Johnson. They are now headed to the par-5 8th hole.

Other movement on the course:

Dustin Johnson has cut into Jim Furyk's sizable lead, winning the 6th hole to move to 2 down.

• Matteo Manassero struck early against Webb Simpson, taking a 1-up lead thru 1 hole

Bill Haas is back out front against Ryo Ishikawa, winning the 7th hole to move 1 up

• The day's first match will make the turn with Y.E. Yang holding a 2-up lead over Graeme McDowell

• • •

Stricker is on the course

11:15 a.m.

Steve Stricker, seeded No. 2 in the Ben Hogan bracket, is playing his second hole after losing the opening hole to 15-seed Kevin Na. Many consider Stricker to be a favorite at Dove Mountain because of his skills on the green.

Aaron Baddeley - fresh off consecutive solid performances at Pebble and Riviera - won the first hole against Louis Oosthuizen.

Other movement on the course:

Charl Schwartzel picked up another hole against Gary Woodland and is now 2 up thru 3 holes

Thomas Bjorn has overcome an early deficit and is now 1 up against Francesco Molinari thru 4 holes

• • •

Furyk in control

11:05 a.m.

Jim Furyk is giving Dustin Johnson fits thus far today, taking early control with a 3-up lead thru only four holes. Furyk has won holes Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (including a concession on No. 3).

A look at the rest of the matches:

• Thomas Bjorn and Francesco Molinari are AS thru 3 holes

• Charl Schwartzel is 1 up on Gary Woodland thru 2 holes

• Ian Poulter and Sang-moon Bae are AS thru 1 hole

• Bill Haas and Ryo Ishikawa are AS thru 6 holes

• Paul Lawrie and Justin Rose are AS thru 5 holes

• Y.E. Yang has regained control of his match, taking a 1-up lead on Graeme McDowell thru 7 holes

• Zach Johnson is hanging on to a 1-up lead on Hunter Mahan thru 6 holes

• • •

Haas recovers

10:45 a.m.

Yes, it was early, but Bill Haas went down early to Ryo Ishikawa, but after winning both the third and fourth holes, Haas is now 1 up in his match.

A quick update on the rest of the matches, including four new matches:

• Graeme McDowell and Y.E. Yang are All Square after Yang wins the sixth hole

• Justin Rose has taken a 1-up lead over Paul Lawrie after winning the third hole

• Zach Johnson stays 1 up on Hunter Mahan thru 4 holes

• Francesco Molinari is 1 up on Thomas Bjorn thru 1 hole

• Jim Furyk has a 1-up lead on Dustin Johnson thru 2 holes

• Charl Schwartzel and Gary Woodland are All Square thru 1 hole

• • •

Back and forth we go

10:35 a.m.

We'll try to keep you updated on these early matches about every 10-15 minutes, so stay tuned.

• Graeme McDowell has shaken off an early deficit to take a 1-up lead over Y.E. Yang thru 5 holes

• Bill Haas won the third hole to square his match with Ryo Ishikawa thru 3 holes

• Hunter Mahan won the fourth hole to move to 1 down against Zach Johnson thru 4 holes

• Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie remain All Square thru 2 holes

• • •

Early check-in

10:20 a.m.

Four matches are on the course currently, none further than the third hole at Dove Mountain.

• Y.E. Yang and Graeme McDowell are All Square thru 4 holes

• Zach Johnson has a 2-up lead on Hunter Mahan thru 3 holes

• Bill Haas is 1 down to Ryo Ishikawa thru 1 hole

• Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie are All Square thru 1 hole

See how each has fared against each other with our rankings break down. Story.

• • •

Waking up Tiger

Jeff Rude: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano spent much of his press conference praising his match-play opponent Tiger Woods, but one answer likely will pull Tiger out of hibernation. Story.

• • •

Bradley stands out

Jim McCabe: In a week that he lost in a playoff at Riviera and was criticized for his spitting on national television, fans and critics alike need to take notice of Keegan Bradley's selfless red-eye trip to pay tribute to a fallen friend. Story.

• • •

The unpredictability of match play

John Maginnes: Yes, we could see Tiger-Rory. But it could also be Coetzee-Colsaerts. Oh, the joys of match play . . . Story.

• • •

Tiger not a sure thing

Tiger is an overwhelming favorite in his first-round match against Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. But anything can happen at Dove Mountain - including a freak snowstorm. Notebook

• • •

Who should you pick?

Fantasy Tip Sheet: There is no consensus on who to pick from our fantasy panel, but Aussie Adam Scott is one of the favorites at the WGC-Match Play. Tip sheet.

2012 Match Play: The brackets are set and the matches confirmed, so it didn't take long for our Jim McCabe and Alex Miceli to weigh in with some first-round predictions.

• • •

Matches we'd like to see

Here’s 10 matches we’d like to see play out this week in the Arizona desert at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Story.

• • •

Breaking down the rankings

Defending champion Luke Donald is 23-0-1 in his past 24 common starts with Round-1 opponent Ernie Els. See how the rest of the matches stack up. . . Story.

• • •

Even the losers win

First-round losers won't leave the WGC-Match Play empty-handed; they’ll earn cash and world-ranking points. Story.

• • •

Match Play tee times

• Check out the tee times for Wednesday's first round at the WGC-Match Play at Dove Mountain. Tee times.

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