Haas def. Jimenez 4 and 3 in WGC Match Play
PHOTOS: WGC-Accenture Match Play, Tuesday practice
See the action -- and interactions -- of Tuesday practice for the PGA Tour's 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play as well as some desert scenery at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
No. 7 Ben Hogan bracket seed Bill Haas has taken a lead on the front nine as No. 10 Miguel Angel Jimenez started shakily in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, although Jimenez holds a distinct edge in experience at this event and isn't to be counted out early.
We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Haas vs. Jimenez match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards
Pars at the 15th earn a halve that hand the match to Haas, who took a 2-up lead early, added a stroke at the eighth and didn't look back.
HAAS WINS, 4 & 3
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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards
A bogey at the 10th drops Haas' lead to two holes, but he answers immediately with a birdie at the next restores the margin at three – and a par against Jimenez' bogey stretches the margin to four with four holes to play.
THRU 14 HOLES: Haas, 4 up
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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards
Jimenez steadies himself with five straight pars, but Haas birdies here to take a substantial lead as the front nine nears its end.
THRU EIGHT HOLES: Haas, 3 up
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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards
A rocky start for "The Most Interesting Golfer In The World," Jimenez, has him two down against Haas in a hurry. Jimenez bogeys Nos. 2-3, while Haas does his part with a birdie at the latter. History has shown, however, the Spaniard is not to be counted out this quickly.
THRU THREE HOLES: Haas leads, 2 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
As have many groups before them, Jimenez and Haas open their match with dueling pars. The two are close in OWGR but separated by 66 spots in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, where Haas again is favored.
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- OWGR Rank: 31
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 27
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-16, CIMB Classic; T-21, WGC-HSBC Champions, T-24, Hyundai TOC; T-6, Humana Challenge; T-43, Farmers Insurance Open; T-34, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-23, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-33 (2011)
- Comments: His 0-for-3 at Match Play can be looked at in one of two ways: Either he is due for a win, or the event is simply not for him. He seems to be too good for the latter.
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Miguel Angel Jimenez
- OWGR Rank: 40
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 93
- 2014 PGA Tour results: 72nd, HSBC Champions
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-9 (2012); T-5 (2011); T-9 (2010)
- Comments: This guy won't miss many fairways and he'll make some putts on you. Oh, and he's got some swagger, too.
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Match Play preview coverage
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