Mahan def. Fernandez-Castano 3 and 2 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. 8 Sam Snead bracket seed and 2013 WGC-Match Play runner-up Hunter Mahan downs Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the first round 3 and 2.
We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Mahan vs. Fernandez-Castano match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards
With birdies at 15 and 16, Hunter Mahan closes out Spain native Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. The 2013 runner-up is moving on to play Richard Sterne in the second round.
Hunter Mahan def. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 3 and 2
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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards
After a birdie at the 11th, Hunter Mahan took a 2 up lead. But Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano birdied the 13th to cut into his lead, again.
THRU 13: Mahan, 1 up
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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards
Hunter Mahan makes a move the par-4 10th by making a birdie putt. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano makes a bogey for the second time today.
THRU 10: Mahan, 1 up
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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards
After the two traded pars on Nos. 3-6, Gonzolo Fernandez-Castano made a bogey on No. 7. Hunter Mahan parred to get back to all square.
THRU 7: All square
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards
A birdie for Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano on the second gives him a 1-up advantage over the 2012 champion and 2013 runner-up Hunter Mahan.
THRU 2: Fernandez-Castano, 1 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
Hunter Mahan and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano get underway this afternoon in Arizona with two pars.
THRU 1: All square
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- OWGR Rank: 33
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 21
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-47, Farmers Insurance Open; T-4, Waste Management Phoenix Open; 6th, AT&T Pebble Beach; T-52, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): 2nd (2013); Won (2012); T-9 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-17 (2009)
- Comments: Mahan might be in the middle of the field, but should be treated as a favorite, shown by a victory and a runner-up the past two years. He's also shown well as of late as he tries to make a run at the Ryder Cup squad.
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- OWGR Rank: 38
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 94
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-39, HSBC Champions; MC, Farmers Insurance Open; MC, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-35 Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-9 (2013); T-33 (2012)
- Comments: Fernandez-Castano made it to the Round of 16 last year, so he knows how to win in this format.
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Match Play preview coverage
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