Coetzee def. Stricker 3 and 2 in WGC Match Play
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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.
Third-seeded Steve Stricker, making his season debut, trailed for the entire match against George Coetzee before losing, 3 and 2.
We kept you posted on the highlights of the Stricker vs. Coetzee match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards
Stricker lips out a birdie putt and concedes a birdie to Coetzee, who takes the hole and the match.
COETZEE WINS, 3 AND 2
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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards
Coetzee ends Stricker's run of two straight hole victories by winning the par-4 15th with a birdie.
THRU 15 HOLES: Coetzee, 2 up
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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards
Stricker birdied the par-5 13th and now birdies the par-4 14th to pull within a hole of Coetzee.
THRU 14 HOLES: Coetzee, 1 up
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards
Coetzee gets a hole back and is back to 3 up on Stricker after winning the par-4 ninth with par. Stricker now has four bogeys in his first nine holes.
THRU 9 HOLES: Coetzee, 3 up
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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards
Stricker finally cards a birdie and it gives him the victory at the par-5 eighth. Coetzee, who made par at the eighth, still leads, though.
THRU 8 HOLES: Coetzee, 2 up
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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards
Stricker bogeys for the third time today, and it costs him another hole. Coetzee's par at the par-4 seventh gives him a 3-up lead. Neither player has birdied yet today.
THRU 7 HOLES: Coetzee, 3 up
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards
Coetzee takes a second straight hole with par as Stricker bogeys again.
THRU 2 HOLES: Coetzee, 2 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
George Coetzee makes par at the opening hole while Stricker, who is ranked first overall in the Golfweek/Sagarin Pro Rankings, makes bogey to fall behind early. Stricker is also making his season debut this week.
THRU 1 HOLE: Coetzee, 1 up
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- OWGR Rank: 12
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 1
- 2014 PGA Tour results: None
- Match Play results (since 2009): 3rd (2013); T-17 (2012); T-9 (2011)
- Comments: Stricker wasn't sure he was even going to play this week with his brother awaiting a liver transplant, but that happened and allowed the veteran to make his Tour debut this week. Obviously going to have some rust, but Stricker is one of the best putters on Tour, so don't expect an early-round upset.
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- OWGR Rank: 59
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 129
- 2014 PGA Tour results: 74th, HSBC Champions
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012)
- Comments: Coetzee, who is coming off a victory at the Joburg Open, hasn't made it past the first round in his two previous Match Play starts, but he can get hot with the putter.
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Match Play preview coverage
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