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Recap: D. Johnson def. Jones; Schwartzel def. Dubuisson

Last year’s Match Play runner-up Victor Dubuisson struggled Wednesday during the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park.

Dubuisson failed to make a birdie during his Group No. 8 match against Charl Schwartzel, and after a drive into the hazard at the 14th hole, Dubuisson conceded the match to Schwartzel, who won 5 and 4.

Matt Jones put up more of a fight against Dustin Johnson, but a wayward tee ball at the 17th ended his chances of upsetting Johnson, who prevailed 3 and 1.

Here are the highlights from Group No. 8 on Wednesday:

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 17, Par 3, 230 yards

Jones hits his tee ball way left and Johnson is eventually conceded the hole and the match.

JOHNSON WINS, 3 AND 1

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 16, Par 4, 344 yards

Johnson drives the green and then two-putts for birdie to win the hole.

MATCH SCORE: Johnson leads, 2 up

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Dubuisson/Schwartzel: Hole No. 14, Par 4, 440 yards

Dubuisson hits a bad drive, and then concedes the hole and the match.

SCHWARTZEL WINS, 5 AND 4

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 14, Par 4, 440 yards

Johnson holes a birdie putt from the fringe to retake the lead.

MATCH SCORE: Johnson leads, 1 up

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 13, Par 3, 175 yards

Jones hits his tee ball to 15 feet and makes the birdie putt to bring the match back to all square.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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Dubuisson/Schwartzel: Hole No. 10, Par 4, 467 yards

Dubuisson makes his third bogey of the match and Schwartzel takes another hole with par. Dubuisson also has zero birdies today.

MATCH SCORE: Schwartzel leads, 4 up

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 10, Par 4, 467 yards

Johnson gets his lead right back by hitting his approach to 3 feet and making the birdie putt.

MATCH SCORE: Johnson leads, 1 up

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 9, Par 3, 189 yards

Jones’ tee ball ends up within 5 feet and the Aussie birdies to win the hole.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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Dubuisson/Schwartzel: Hole No. 7, Par 4, 473 yards

Dubuisson wins his first hole after Schwartzel makes his first bogey of the match.

MATCH SCORE: Schwartzel leads, 3 up

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 7, Par 4, 473 yards

Johnson retakes the lead with birdie from 30 feet.

MATCH SCORE: Johnson leads, 1 up

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Dubuisson/Schwartzel: Hole No. 4, Par 4, 428 yards

Dubuisson is struggling today as he finds trouble left off the tee and ends up conceding the hole to Schwartzel.

MATCH SCORE: Schwartzel leads, 4 up

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 5, Par 5, 606 yards

Jones makes his first birdie of the day to bring the match back to all square.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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Dubuisson/Schwartzel: Hole No. 3, Par 4, 480 yards

Dubuisson bogeys from the fairway and drops a third straight hole to start the match.

MATCH SCORE: Schwartzel leads, 3 up

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Dubuisson/Schwartzel: Hole No. 2, Par 3, 200 yards

Last year’s runner-up is now down two holes early after Dubuisson bogeys the second and Schwartzel takes the hole with par.

MATCH SCORE: Schwartzel leads, 2 up

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Dubuisson/Schwartzel: Hole No. 1, Par 5, 562 yards

Schwartzel makes an 11-footer for birdie to win the opening hole.

MATCH SCORE: Schwartzel leads, 1 up

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 2, Par 3, 200 yards

Jones goes long off the tee and can’t get up and down for par. Johnson wins with par.

MATCH SCORE: Johnson leads, 1 up

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Johnson/Jones: Hole No. 1, Par 5, 562 yards

Johnson can’t make birdie at the par 5 and he halves the opening hole with Jones.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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