Horschel def. Donaldson 6 and 5 at WGC Match Play

Billy Horschel acknowledges the crowd after a birdie putt on No. 18 to close out a 3-under 67 at the U.S. Open.

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Billy Horschel made six birdies en route to a 6-and-5 victory over Jamie Donaldson.

We kept you posted on the highlights of the Donaldson vs. Horschel match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.

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Match No. 14: Jamie Donaldson vs. Billy Horschel

Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Horschel birdies the par-5 13th, his sixth birdie of the match, and he puts away Donaldson.

HORSCHEL WINS, 6 AND 5

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Horschel moves to 4 up after winning the par-4 10th with birdie. Horschel has four birdies and no bogeys through 10 holes.

THRU 10 HOLES: Horschel, 4 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Horschel dropped the seventh hole as Donaldson made birdie, but he's now back to 3 up over Donaldson after winning the par-4 ninth hole with par.

THRU 9 HOLES: Horschel, 3 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Horschel is now 3 up on Donaldson after winning the par-3 sixth with par.

THRU 6 HOLES: Horschel, 3 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Horschel birdies the par-4 fifth to take a 2-up lead on Donaldson.

THRU 5 HOLES: Horschel, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Donaldson gets a hole back with birdie at the par-3 third hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: Horschel, 1 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Horschel birdies the par-5 second and wins a second straight hole to open his match with Donaldson.

THRU 2 HOLES: Horschel, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

A popular pick this week, Horschel pars the opening hole while Donaldson makes bogey, and the former University of Florida standout takes the early lead.

THRU 1 HOLE: Horschel, 1 up

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Jamie Donaldson

OWGR Rank: 28

Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 61

2014 PGA Tour results: T-8, WGC-HSBC Champions

Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013)

Comments: Not much to judge from in terms of U.S. performances, but has steadily climbed the OWGR with his solid play on the Euro Tour.

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Billy Horschel

OWGR Rank: 43

Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 40

2014 PGA Tour results: MC, Frys.com Open; T-11, CIMB Classic; T-34, HSBC Champions; T-6, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; T-25, Humana Challenge; T-23 Farmers Insurance Open; MC, Waste Management Phoenix Open

Match Play results (since 2009): None

Comments: Horschel has the fire and swagger for Match Play, which should make up for his lack of experience in the event.

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Match Play preview coverage

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Expert picks: No clear favorite at WGC Match Play

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