Bjorn def. Molinari 2 and 1 in 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.
Thomas Bjorn takes down Francesco Molinari, 2 and 1.
We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Bjorn vs. Molinari match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards
With a long par putt on 17 from 20 feet, Thomas Bjorn wins his match against Francesco Molinari after a bogey.
Thomas Bjorn def. Francesco Molinari, 2 and 1
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards
Before the turn, Francesco Molinari birdies the ninth – his second of the day – to get back to 1-down in his match with Thomas Bjorn.
THRU 9: Bjorn, 1 up
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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards
Thomas Bjorn takes advantage of the par-5 and makes birdie. Francesco Molinari has only won one win in his last four Match Play appearances.
THRU 8: Bjorn, 2 up
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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards
Francesco Molinari birdies the par-4 to get only 1-down to Thomas Bjorn.
THRU 4: Bjorn, 1 up
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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards
Thomas Bjorn's first birdie of the day came at the par-3 third, and that allows him to take the lead over Francesco Molinari.
THRU 3: Bjorn, 2 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
Francesco Molinari suffers an early bogey at the first and that gives Thomas Bjorn the lead. Bjorn has only one win in his last three Match Play appearances.
THRU 1: Bjorn, 1 up
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- OWGR Rank: 26
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 45
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-39, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-17 (2011)
- Comments: Has one win in three appearances at Match Play over the past three years. That's not good math.
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- OWGR Rank: 45
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 75
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-21, HSBC Champions; T-40, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013), T-17 (2012), T-33 (2011), T-33 (2010)
- Comments: Molinari has played in the last four Match Plays, but has won just one match total.
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Match Play preview coverage
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