Moore def. Luiten 1 up 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.
Ryan Moore, who has three years of Match Play experience, took the early lead on Match Play rookie Joost Luiten and then held on for the 1-up victory.
We kept you posted on the highlights of the match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards
With Moore in for par at the 18th, Luiten misses a birdie putt to extend the match.
MOORE WINS, 1 UP
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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards
Moore had it to 3 up after 13 holes, but Luiten won Nos. 14-15 and is now just 1 down with two holes to play.
THRU 16 HOLES: Moore, 1 up
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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards
Moore's birdie at the par-5 11th gives him a 2-up lead over Luiten for the third time this match.
THRU 11 HOLES: Moore, 2 up
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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards
Moore makes a second straight birdie, at the par-4 fifth, and he now leads 2 up over Luiten.
THRU 5 HOLES: Moore, 2 up
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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards
Moore is credited with his first birdie of the match, and it results in a hole victory at the par-4 fourth.
THRU 4 HOLES: Moore, 1 up
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards
This match is back to all square after Luiten takes the par-5 second hole with birdie.
THRU 2 HOLES: All square
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
Moore, who has three years of Match Play experience, pars the opening hole to take a lead on Match Play rookie Joost Luiten.
THRU 1 HOLE: Moore, 1 up
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- OWGR Rank: 29
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 50
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-9, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; Won, CIMB Classic; T-50, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-23, OHL Classic at Mayakoba; 10th, Hyundai TOC; T-6, Waste Management Phoenix Open; MC, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-5 (2011); T-33 (2010)
- Comments: Two early exits in three years at Match Play for Moore, although he has three top-10s and a win thus far for the 2014 Tour season.
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- OWGR Rank: 42
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 38
- 2014 PGA Tour results: None
- Match Play results (since 2009): None
- Comments: He has no Match Play experience and hasn't played a PGA Tour event this season, so he will be relatively unfamiliar with most of the players in the field.
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Match Play preview coverage
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