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Recap: Grace def. Hoffman; Z. Johnson def. Day; Grace wins playoff

Branden Grace defeated Charley Hoffman, 2 and 1, on Friday at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship, then downed Hoffman and Zach Johnson in a three-hole playoff for the right to advance to the Round of 16 at TPC Harding Park.

Grace birdied the par-4 third to secure the win. Hoffman and Johnson, a 3-and-2 winner of Jason Day, finished group play at 2-1 with Hoffman earning the second-place finish via the head-to-head tiebreaker with Johnson.

Here are the highlights from Group No. 7 on Friday:

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Playoff hole No. 3, Par 4, 480 yards

Grace hits his approach shot to 12 feet and sinks the birdie putt to win the playoff and advance.

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Playoff hole No. 2: Par 3, 200 yards

Johnson is only player to hit green off tee. Grace nearly holes his chip, but it lips out. Hoffman opts to putt his ball from off the green and ends up with par. Johnson two-putts for par and all three players are still alive.

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Playoff hole No. 1: Par 5, 562 yards

Grace and Hoffman combined to shoot 10 under with no bogeys in their match today, and now they are in a playoff with Zach Johnson. Johnson is the only player to hit the green in two, but all three make birdie, including Hoffman, who had to make a long birdie putt.

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Grace/Hoffman: Hole No. 17, Par 3, 230 yards

Grace hits his tee ball in tight, and takes the hole and the match after Hoffman can’t hole his second shot from the bunker. This group is going to a three-man playoff (Grace, Hoffman and Johnson).

GRACE WINS, 2 AND 1

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Grace/Hoffman: Hole No. 16, Par 4, 344 yards

After Hoffman can’t get up and down from the sand for birdie, Grace fails to convert his short birdie attempt. Hoffman remains a hole down.

MATCH SCORE: Grace leads, 1 up

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

Day misses a par save and Johnson wins the match. Now, he needs Branden Grace to win for a chance at advancing in a playoff.

JOHNSON WINS, 3 AND 2

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Grace/Hoffman: Hole No. 13, Par 3, 175 yards

After seven straight halves, Grace birdies from 8 feet at the 13th to take the lead.

MATCH SCORE: Grace leads, 1 up

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Day/Johnson: Hole No. 12, Par 4, 336 yards

Johnson takes his first lead of the match after making a 7-footer for birdie.

MATCH SCORE: Johnson leads, 1 up

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

Johnson breaks a streak of nine straight pars with a birdie to win the hole.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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

Day retakes the lead with birdie. Johnson has yet to make a birdie in the match.

MATCH SCORE: Day, 1 up

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Grace/Hoffman: Hole No. 5, Par 5, 606 yards

Hoffman gets the match back to all square with a birdie. Neither player has carded a bogey or worse yet through five holes.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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Grace/Hoffman: Hole No. 3, Par 4, 480 yards

This match is going back and forth early, as Grace birdies from 7 feet to retake the lead.

MATCH SCORE: Grace leads, 1 up

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Grace/Hoffman: Hole No. 2, Par 3, 200 yards

Hoffman responds to dropping the first hole by hitting his tee ball to 5 feet and making the birdie putt to win the hole.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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

A Day bogey lets Johnson get the match back to all square with par.

MATCH SCORE: All square

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Grace/Hoffman: Hole No. 1, Par 5, 562 yards

Hoffman controls his own destiny – win, and he’s moving on. However, Grace birdies the opening hole to take the early lead.

MATCH SCORE: Grace leads, 1 up

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

At 0-2, Day is already eliminated from advancing, but he does take the early lead here with birdie at the opening hole.

MATCH SCORE: Day leads, 1 up

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