Webb Simpson, who is looking for his second win of the wraparound 2013-14 season, opened the Match Play with a 3-and-2 win over Thongchai Jaidee.
We kept you posted on the highlights of the Simpson vs. Jaidee match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards
Simpson two-putts for par at the par-3 16th to halve the hole and win the match.
SIMPSON WINS, 3 AND 2
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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards
Simpson’s birdie at the par-5 13th gives him the hole and a 3-up lead.
THRU 13 HOLES: Simpson, 3 up
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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards
Simpson birdies the ninth and pars the 10th, winning both holes to take a 2-up lead.
THRU 10 HOLES: Simpson, 2 up
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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards
After Simpson wins Nos. 5 and 7 to bring the match back to all square, the par-5 eighth is halved.
THRU 8 HOLES: All square
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards
Jaidee birdies the par-5 second to take the early lead on Simpson.
THRU 2 HOLES: Jaidee, 1 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
The opening hole of this match is halved with pars by Simpson and Jaidee. Simpson is searching for his second win of the season.
THRU 1 HOLE: All square
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OWGR Rank: 20
Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 10
2014 PGA Tour results: Won, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; T-7, McGladrey Classic; T-3, Hyundai TOC; T-23, Humana Challenge; 10th, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-70, Northern Trust Open
Match Play results (since 2009): T-5 (2013); T-33 (2012)
Comments: He’s been hot (his weekend at Rivera notwithstanding) and a T-5 last year should put him squarely on your radar as a pick to go deep.
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OWGR Rank: 51
Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 72
2014 PGA Tour results: T-46, HSBC Champions
Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013), T-5 (2010)
Comments: The Thai made a quarterfinal run back in 2010, but lost in the first round at last year’s Match Play.
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Match Play preview coverage
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