Oosthuizen def. Watney 1 up in WGC 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.
Louis Oosthuizen and Nick Watney entered their first-round match ranked 35th and 36th in the OWGR, respectively, and it was Oosthuizen who came away with the win, 1 up.
We kept you posted on the highlights of the Oosthuizen vs. Watney match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards
Oosthuizen sinks an 8-footer for par to halve the hole and clinch the victory over Watney.
OOSTHUIZEN WINS, 1 UP
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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards
Watney wins the 15th and 16th, and now Oosthuizen is just 1 up with two holes left.
THRU 16 HOLES: Oosthuizen, 1 up
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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards
Make that five straight hole victories for Oosthuizen, who just birdied the par-3 12th for his fourth birdie in five holes.
THRU 12 HOLES: Oosthuizen, 3 up
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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards
Oosthuizen wins a fourth straight hole, making birdie at the par-5 11th to take a 2-up lead on Watney.
THRU 11 HOLES: Oosthuizen, 2 up
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards
Oosthuizen evens things back up with a birdie at the ninth, his second straight hole won with birdie.
THRU 9 HOLES: All square
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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards
Oosthuizen wins his first hole of the match with a birdie at the par-5 eighth, but Watney still has a 1-up lead.
THRU 8 HOLES: Watney, 1 up
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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards
The par-3 third hole is halved with pars, but it's Watney with the lead thanks to a birdie at the par-5 second.
THRU 3 HOLES: Watney, 1 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
The opening hole is halved in this match, the 30th of 32 matches today.
THRU 1 HOLE: All square
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- OWGR Rank: 35
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 136
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-15, WGC-HSBC Champions; MC, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-17 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-33 (2009)
- Comments: Oosthuizen has dealt with injuries over the past year, so he is a bit of a hard-to-predict guy. He's got plenty of game, but is his game back in shape? A missed cut at Riviera is hard to ignore.
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- OWGR Rank: 36
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 52
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-48, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; T-35, CIMB Classic; T-31, HSBC Champions; T-59, Farmers Insurance Open; T-29, Waste Management Phoenix Open; MC, AT&T Pebble Beach Natioanl Pro-Am
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-9 (2012); T-9 (2011); T-9 (2010)
- Comments: Watney can struggle at times with the putter, which doesn't bode well for Match Play, but if he's making putts, he can be tough to beat.
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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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