Hanson def. Johnson 5 and 4 in Match Play

Peter Hanson

The match has started and its the 15th seed that takes the lead after hole No. 5.

We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Johnson vs. Hanson match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Peter Hanson two-putts for par on the 15th, and that allows him to close his match against Dustin Johnson.

Peter Hanson def. Dustin Johnson, 4 and 3

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Dustin Johnson can't make a short par-saving putt on the 13th, and Peter Hanson was already in with a par. Johnson settles for bogey.

THRU 13: Hanson, 3 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Peter Hanson couldn't convert on a 6 footer for par, while Dustin Johnson was already in for par.

THRU 11: Hanson, 2 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

A 15 footer for birdie drop in the bottom of the cup for Peter Hanson. Dustin Johnson has to chip in for birdie and can't convert.

THRU 9: Hanson, 3 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

After a double bogey on No. 7, Dustin Johnson is now 2-down to Peter Hanson. Hanson made a par on the par-4 seventh. Both players made par on No. 8.

THRU 8: Hanson, 2 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Hanson makes an 8-footer for birdie at the par-4 to take a 1-up lead – again – over Dustin Johnson.

THRU 5: Hanson, 1 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Dustin Johnson birdies the par-4 fourth to get it back to all square with 36-year-old Peter Hanson of Sweden.

THRU 4: All square

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Peter Hanson drops a birdie on the first hole to take the lead early over Dustin Johnson. Johnson is arguably another hot player heading into the tournament with two runner-up finishes in the last two weeks.

THRU 1: Hanson, 1 up

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Dustin Johnson

  • OWGR Rank: T-8
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 17
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: Won, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-6, Hyundai TOC; T-2, AT&T Pebble Beach; 2nd, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-9 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: Dustin might be the second-hottest Johnson on Tour, but his finishes in the wraparound season speak for themselves. It's a bit surprising to see the bomber's lack of success in Match Play considering his ability to go low. Seems unlikely to see another first-round elimination this time around.

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Peter Hanson

  • OWGR Rank: 62
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 44
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-21, HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-5 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-9 (2009)
  • Comments: Hanson made it to the quarterfinals two years ago and the Round of 16 in 2009, so he knows how to get wins in Match Play.

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