Kuchar def. Wiesberger 3 and 2 in WGC Match Play

Matt Kuchar defeated Bernd Wiesberger in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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Matt Kuchar got up early on Match Play rookie Bernd Wiesberger and despite dropping a match-clinching hole at the 14th because he forgot to move back his ball mark, the defending champion came away with a 3-and-2 win.

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

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Kuchar finally puts away this match with an up-and-down par to halve the 16th hole.

KUCHAR WINS, 3 AND 2

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Kuchar gets a good read from Wiesberger's birdie try and sinks his own from about 15 feet to win the hole and the match. But Kuchar forgot to move his mark back on the hole and Wiesberger takes it.

THRU 14 HOLES: Kuchar, 3 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Kuchar's birdie to win the par-3 12th is his third straight birdie and is good for his fourth straight hole victory.

THRU 12 HOLES: Kuchar, 4 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Kuchar birdies the par-4 10th to take his second 2-up lead of the match.

THRU 10 HOLES: Kuchar, 2 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Kuchar closes the front nine with a victory at the par-4 ninth, where Kuchar makes par. The defending champ now has the lead again.

THRU 9 HOLES: Kuchar, 1 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

After a victory at the fifth, Wiesberger birdies the par-3 sixth to even the match back up with Kuchar.

THRU 6 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Kuchar gives a hole back to Wiesberger with bogey at the par-4 fifth hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: Kuchar, 1 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Kuchar wins another hole, taking the par-4 fourth with par to go 2 up on Wiesberger.

THRU 4 HOLES: Kuchar, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Kuchar missed a 10-footer for par at the third, but Wiesberger misses his par save from half the distance and on the same line. The hole is halved.

THRU 3 HOLES: Kuchar, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

The defending champion pars the opening hole to take the early lead on Wiesberger, who is making his first Match Play appearance.

THRU 1 HOLE: Kuchar, 1 up

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Matt Kuchar

  • OWGR Rank: 10
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 6
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-7, McGladrey Classic; T-6, Hyundai TOC; T-8, Sony Open; MC, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): Won (2013); T-5 (2012); 3rd (2011); T-17 (2010)
  • Comments: Kuchar missed his first cut since the 2012 PGA Championship this past week, yet still sports a solid season thus far on Tour. The defending champion has performed well on this stage and there's no reason to pick against him early on.

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Bernd Wiesberger

  • OWGR Rank: 61
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 43
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: None
  • Match Play results (since 2009): None
  • Comments: The 28-year-old from Austria has played in just three majors and two WGC events in his career, so experience is not on his side.

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