McIlroy def. Weekley 3 & 2 in WGC Match Play
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.
No. 1 Ben Hogan bracket seed Rory McIlroy falls behind Boo Weekley early but immediately erases their deficit in their first-round match at teh WGC-Accenture Match Play. McIlroy goes on to pull ahead, as he is looking to continue his trend of improved play after a difficult 2013 season.
We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the McIlroy vs. Weekley match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards
It comes down to a putting contest – McIlroy lags from about 60 feet and ends up with par, while Weekley misses a par attempt from about 5 feet and the match is closed out in the No. 1 seed's favor. "For the most part I played nicely," McIlroy tells Golf Channel. ". . . I feel like I've been driving the ball really well for the past 3-4 months, and it's really helped my game."
MCILROY WINS, 3 & 2
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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards
An ugly attempt at recovery here by McIlroy ends with the ball striking a fan who is knocked into a cactus and the ball caroming into an arroyo in worse shape than it started. McIlroy then concedes the hole but is in decent shape.
THRU 15 HOLES: McIlroy, 2 up
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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards
After pars halve the 10th, McIlroy wins with a birdie to stretch his lead. But Weekley answers immediately – he wins his first hole since the fourth and cuts into his deficit to provide himself with some hope.
THRU 12 HOLES: McIlroy, 3 up
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards
McIlroy's second straight birdie, and third straight win, give him a solid lead as well as all the momentum as he and Weekley head to the back nine.
THRU NINE HOLES: McIlroy, 3 up
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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards
Birdie for McIlroy, his third of the match, gives him an "insurance run" to borrow a baseball term as the two approach the turn.
THRU EIGHT HOLES: McIlroy, 2 up
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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards
A bogey by Weekley drops him behind for the first time in this duel that has seen just two of seven holes halved.
THRU SEVEN HOLES: McIlroy, 1 up
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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards
After halving the third hole, Weekley moves out front as McIlroy bogeys – but the latter erases his miscue immediately with a birdie at the fifth to pull even again. Another halve with pars follows.
THRU SIX HOLES: All Square
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.
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards
After starting on the wrong foot, McIlroy counters by taking a step in the right direction and making an immediate birdie to catch Weekley. Consider the match restarted.
THRU TWO HOLES: All Square
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
Much of this Hogan bracket started the day by halving this hole with pars – but Weekley jumps out front to start his round with a birdie.
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- OWGR Rank: 7
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 24
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-6, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); 2nd (2012); T-17 (2011); T-17 (2010); T-5 (2009)
- Comments: McIlroy's game is well-suited for mano-y-mano action, as he can run off birdies in bunches, and the big holes don't count against him as much. He's shown some very good signs in 2014, so might be the overall favorite this week.
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- OWGR Rank: 64
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 36
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-33, CIMB Classic; T-11, HSBC Champions; T-22, McGladrey Classic; 26th, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; T-29, Sony Open; WD, Humana Challenge
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2009)
- Comments: Match Play will mark Weekley's first start since withdrawing from the Humana Challenge with a knee injury. It will also mark his first Match Play start in five years.
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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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