Snedeker def. Lynn in 20 holes in WGC Match Play
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
PHOTOS: WGC Match Play 2014
Check out photos from the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
Brandt Snedeker, who is looking find the form of his two-win 2013 season in the wake of two missed cuts in his last three starts, didn't lead all day in his match with David Lynn until making birdie on the 20th hole to win the match.
We kept you posted on the highlights of the Snedeker vs. Lynn match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 20: Par 5, 574 yards
Snedeker hadn't led all day before draining a birdie at the par-5 second to win his match on the 20th hole.
SNEDEKER WINS, 20 HOLES
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Hole No. 19: Par 4, 460 yards
Snedeker and Lynn each make par to extend the match to 20 holes.
THRU 19 HOLES: All square
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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards
Snedeker makes a big par at the 17th to bring the match back to all square entering the 18th.
THRU 17 HOLES: All square
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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards
Snedeker wins Nos. 12 and 14 with birdies, and is now just 1 down to Lynn.
THRU 14 HOLES: Lynn, 1 up
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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards
After five straight halves, Lynn birdies the par-5 11th to take a 2-up lead on Snedeker.
THRU 11 HOLES: Lynn, 2 up
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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards
Snedeker wins his first hole, taking the par-4 fifth with birdie to pull within a hole of Lynn.
THRU 5 HOLES: Lynn, 1 up
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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards
Lynn birdied the second and now birdies the third to go 2 up on the struggling Snedeker.
THRU 3 HOLES: Lynn, 2 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
The opening hole of this match is halved with pars. Snedeker has struggled recently with two missed cuts in his last three events.
THRU 1 HOLE: All square
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- OWGR Rank: 19
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 79
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-55, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-11, Hyundai TOC, T-58, Humana Challenge; MC, Farmers Insurance Open; T-61, Waste Management Phoenix Open; MC, AT&T Pebble Beach
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-9 (2012)
- Comments: Only one appearance in the past five years is a bit mysterious, but Snedeker rolls the rock better than most and will be a tough match for anyone. His recent play is a bit discouraging, missing two cuts in six events.
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- OWGR Rank: 52
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 118
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-64, CIMB Classic; T-39, HSBC Champions; T-55, Farmers Insurance Open; T-48, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-59, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013)
- Comments: Lynn, who got his first Match Play experience a year ago, is an above-average putter and could pull off a win or two should his putter get going.
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Match Play preview coverage
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain is certainly fun to watch from home. And with match play, just about anything can happen, especially on this dramatic, rugged Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountain Range just north of Tucson, Ariz. See photos and a strategic description of all 18 holes.
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