Day def. Olesen 2 up in WGC Match Play

Jason Day after winning the 2013 World Cup of Golf.

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Jason Day won the final two holes en route to a 2-up victory on Thorbjorn Olesen. Olesen was coming off two straight top 5s on the European Tour while Day is looking to win for the first time since November, when he won the ISPS Handa World Cup in his homeland of Australia.

We kept you posted on the highlights of the Day vs. Olesen match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

Day is conceded a second straight hole by Olesen and the Australian takes this match, 2 up.

DAY WINS, 2 UP

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Olesen concedes the 17th hole to Day, who is 1 up heading into the 18th.

THRU 17 HOLES: Day, 1 up

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Olesen wins his second straight hole, making birdie at the par-3 16th to even things up with Day.

THRU 16 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Day and Olesen trade holes for the second time in the last four holes with Olesen gaining the most recent victory, at the par-4 15th, a hole the Dane won with birdie to pull to within a hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: Day, 1 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Day birdies his second straight hole, at the par-3 12th, to double his lead on Olesen.

THRU 12 HOLES: Day, 2 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

This match was all square for six of the first 10 holes, but after a birdie at the par-5 11th, Day leads Olesen, 1 up.

THRU 11 HOLES: Day, 1 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Day birdies the par-5 eighth, just the second hole win by either player today, and the match is now all square.

THRU 8 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

After three straight halves with par, Olesen takes this match's first lead with a birdie at the par-4 fourth.

THRU 4 HOLES: Olesen, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

The Australian and the Dane halve their opening hole with par. Olesen is coming off two straight top 5s on the European Tour.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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Jason Day

  • OWGR Rank: 11
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 5
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-2, Farmers Insurance Open; T-64, AT&T Pebble Beach
  • Match Play results (since 2009): 3rd (2013); T-17 (2012); T-9 (2011)
  • Comments: Day's results at this tournament are impressive and the guy is definitely one of the rising stars on Tour. He's someone to watch for this week.

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Thorbjorn Olesen

  • OWGR Rank: 60
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 258
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: None
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013)
  • Comments: The one they call Thunderbear made it to the Round of 32 in his Match Play debut last year, and he's coming off two consecutive top-5s on the European Tour.

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Match Play preview coverage

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