Rose def. Piercy 1 up in WCG Match Play

Justin Rose is the top seed in the Gary Player bracket for the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. (shown here at last week's Northern Trust Open).

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No. 1 Gary Player bracket seed Justin Rose of England defeats Scott Piercy, 1 up, to advance to the Round of 32.

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

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

A two-putt on 18 allows Justin Rose to advance 1 up over Scott Piercy. The fifth-ranked player in the world advances to the second round and will await the winner of Ernie Else/Stephen Gallacher.

Justin Rose def. Scott Piercy, 1 up

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Scott Piercy with back-to-back 15 foot saving putts on 16 and 17 to get to the 18th hole only 1 down to Englishman Justin Rose.

THRU 17: Rose, 1 up

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Justin Rose wins three of the last four holes to claim a 2 up lead over Scott Piercy. Rose is also 3 under through the last four holes by going eagle-birdie-par-par.

THRU 14: Rose, 2 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Justin Rose wins his second consecutive hole. This time with a birdie on the par 3 and takes the lead once again.

THRU 12: Rose, 1 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Normally a birdie would win the hole, but not on this par-5. Justin Rose eagled the 11th to win the hole over Scott Piercy, who made birdie.

THRU 11: All square

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Scott Piercy wins Nos. 8 and 9 to take a 1 up lead over Justin Rose. No No. 1 seeds are ahead in their matches at the moment.

THRU 8: Piercy, 1 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Birdies have won each of the four holes between Justin Rose and Scott Piercy. No different on No. 8 with Justin Rose making a birdie putt.

THRU 8: All square

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

After squaring it up two holes ago, Justin Rose makes another par to win the hole on No. 7 and go 1 up over Scott Piercy.

THRU 7: Rose, 1 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

American Scott Piercy bogeyed No. 5, which allowed Justin Rose to sink a par putt to win the hole.

THRU 5: All square

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Scott Piercy, who finished as a quarterfinalist in 2013 at Match Play, takes a 1-up lead over the No. 1 seed in the Gary Player bracket, Justin Rose.

THRU 2: Piercy, 1 up

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Justin Rose

  • OWGR Rank: 5
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 7
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 5th, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-45, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-17 (2011); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: Not a sterling record over the past five years, advancing to the second round twice and bounced on Day 1 twice. Rose is coming off an injury and is still getting his bearings. Doubt Vegas is going to favor Rose highly.

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Scott Piercy

  • OWGR Rank: 66
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 190
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: MC, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; T-21, HSBC Champions; T-63, McGladrey Classic; WD, OHL Classic at Mayakoba; MC, Sony Open; MC, Humana Challenge; T-15, Waste Management Phoenix Open; 77th, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-9 (2013);
  • Comments: Piercy had a surprising run in Match Play a year ago, but he has just two top-10s on Tour since.

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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

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B. Watson carries confidence into WGC Match Play

Bubba Golf is back in vogue. Bomb it, find it, wedge it, putt it. That has worked so well lately that Bubba Watson finds himself high on the current Hot Golfer List, having won (Northern Trust Open on Sunday) and finished second (Waste Management Phoenix Open) in his last two PGA Tour starts. Hence, Watson comes to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as a scary draw, if there is such a thing in the unpredictable culture of 18-hole match play.

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.

R.McIlroy tops Match Play odds; D. Johnson, J. Day close

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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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