McDowell def. Woodland in 19 holes at Match Play

Graeme McDowell, right, after his win over Gary Woodland, left, in the first round of the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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No. 4 Sam Snead bracket seed Graeme McDowell comes from behind to win over Gary Woodland in 19 holes at Dove Mountain.

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

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Hole No. 19: Par 4, 460 yards

From 3 down on No. 15, Graeme McDowell comes back to win his match against Gary Woodland in The Battle of Lake Nona. McDowell jammed home a 6 footer for birdie on the 19th hole.

Graeme McDowell def. Gary Woodland, 19 holes

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

Gary Woodland found the bunker on his approach shot. It took him two shots to get out and he was still in the rough. He conceded the hole to Graeme McDowell and they go to the 19th hole. McDowell has won the last three holes to take it into extra holes. It's the second match of the day going to extra holes.

THRU 18: All square

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

With birdies on 16 and 17, Graeme McDowell has fought back. Gary Woodland is only 1 up heading to 18 with McDowell. At one point, Woodland was 4 up on No. 8.

THRU 17: Woodland, 1 up

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Gary Woodland makes a 7 footer for birdie at the 15th, and goes 3 up with three to play over Graeme McDowell in The Battle of Lake Nona.

THRU 15: Woodland, 3 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Graeme McDowell is cutting into Gary Woodland's lead again. McDowell, a semifinalist in 2013, birdied the par-5 11th. Woodland, who is very long off the tee, settles for par.

THRU 8: Woodland, 2 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Graeme McDowell earns one back at the ninth with a birdie, while Gary Woodland makes a bogey. McDowell still in a deep hole.

THRU 8: Woodland, 3 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Gary Woodland is a birdie machine today. Another one drops for him at No. 7 and that's 4 up thru seven over Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell.

THRU 7: Woodland, 4 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Gary Woodland drains another birdie at six and goes back to 3 up over Graeme McDowell.

THRU 6: Woodland, 3 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Birdies are winning holes in this match. Graeme McDowell birdies the par-4 fourth, while Gary Woodland finally cools off after his hole start.

THRU 4: Woodland, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Looks like Gary Woodland came to play. Three consecutive birdies for Woodland allows him to go 3-up over Graeme McDowell.

THRU 3: Woodland, 3 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Gary Woodland with back-to-back birdies to take a 2-up lead over Graeme McDowell. Woodland is the 54th-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings.

THRU 2: Woodland, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

The Battle of Lake Nona begins with Gary Woodland making a birdie on the first hole. Graeme McDowell has two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.

THRU 1: Woodland, 1 up

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Graeme McDowell

OWGR Rank: 17

Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 47

2014 PGA Tour results: 3rd, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-7, AT&T Pebble Beach

Match Play results (since 2009): T-5 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-9 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-33 (2009)

Comments: McDowell won Volvo World Match Play in 2013 and also had a T-5 at Match Play in Arizona. Hasn't played a lot in this calendar year, but is a guy that simply doesn't go away.

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Gary Woodland

OWGR Rank: 54

Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 31

2014 PGA Tour results: MC, Frys.com Open; runner-up, CIMB Classic; T-13, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; T-38, Humana Challenge; T-10, Farmers Insurance Open; T-37, Waste Management Phoenix Open

Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2012)

Comments: Woodland was eliminated in the first round back in 2012, but he's super long and has already contended on Tour this season, losing in a playoff at the CIMB Classic.

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Match Play preview coverage

Hole-by-hole preview of Dove Mountain, Match Play host course

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.

Match Play cheat sheet: Player-by-player breakdowns

Henrik Stenson will enter this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as the top seed, a year after his won the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai. Meanwhile, last year's champ Matt Kuchar is coming off his first missed cut in nearly 18 months as 61 of the top 67 players in the world will play at Dove Mountain. Here's a look at each player in the field.

B. Watson carries confidence into WGC Match Play

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Expert picks: No clear favorite at WGC Match Play

The field is stacked and this is truly the "anything-can-happen" tournament of the year, as match play seems to even the playing field in golf. With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott taking the WGC-Accenture Match Play off, a bit of intrigue might be lost, but the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter should provide some drama worth watching.

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I. Poulter's early start reminiscent of year it snowed

Ian Poulter will have a little bit of experience on his side Wednesday, with another early-morning tee time in the this World Golf Championship. Although afternoon temperatures are predicted to be in the 80s, the early-morning groups will probably start out in sub-50 weather, so if there is cold anywhere, Poulter's match against Rickie Fowler will have it. And it’s an intriguing match right out of the gates, as Poulter clearly has a fondness for this championship.

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