Matsuyama def. Kaymer 2 and 1 in 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.
No. 5 Sam Snead bracket seed Hideki Matsuyama wins his match over the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship runner-up Martin Kaymer, 2 and 1.
We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Matsuyama vs. Kaymer match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards
Hideki Matsuyama takes down the 2011 Match Play runner-up Martin Kaymer with a two-putt on 17 after Kaymer makes a bogey.
Hideki Matsuyama def. Martin Kaymer, 2 and 1
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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards
Winning the last two holes has its perks. Hideki Matsuyama goes 1 up with back-to-back birdies over Martin Kaymer. He is looking for his first Match Play victory.
THRU 14: Matsuyama, 1 up
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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards
After three consecutive pars between Hideki Matsuyama and Martin Kaymer, Matsuyama birdies No. 14. The five-seed gets it back to all square with the 12th-seed, Kaymer.
THRU 14: All square
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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards
It was all square through nine, until Martin Kaymer drained a birdie putt at the par-4 10th.
THRU 10: Kaymer, 1 up
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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards
Martin Kaymer buries a birdie putt on No. 7 to take a 1-up lead over Hideki Matsuyama in this back-and-forth match.
THRU 7: Kaymer, 1 up
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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards
With a birdie at No. 5, Martin Kaymer pulls even with Hideki Matsuyama. Both players make par at the sixth; it's all square.
THRU 6: All square
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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards
Hideki Matsuyama makes a birdie at No. 4, and that allows for a 1-up lead over Martin Kaymer after Kaymer took the lead after No. 1.
THRU 4: Matsuyama, 1 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
Martin Kaymer knows how to do match play as he was the runner-up in 2011. He starts off with a birdie today against Japane's Hideki Matsuyama.
THRU 1: Kaymer, 1 up
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OWGR Rank: 22
Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 12
2014 PGA Tour results: T-3, Frys.com Open; T-25, CIMB Classic; WD, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-16, Farmers Insurance Open; T-4, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-23, Northern Trust Open
Match Play results (since 2009): None
Comments: He's a young gun, despite fighting through some lingering injuries this season. He's got a lot of pressure on him because of all the eyeballs on him from his native Japan, but the youngster is handling it well.
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OWGR Rank: 49
Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 30
2014 PGA Tour results: T-8, HSBC Champions; T-53, Waste Management Phoenix Open
Match Play results (since 2009): T-9 (2013), T-9 (2012), runner-up (2011), T-17 (2010), T-17 (2009)
Comments: Kaymer's experience far outweighs his seeding, making him a popular upset pick in the first round, especially considering he's won at least two matches in each of the past three years at Match Play.
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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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