Sterne def. Johnson 5 and 4 in Match Play

Richard Sterne of South Africa

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No. 1 Sam Snead bracket seed Zach Johnson goes down to South Africa's Richard Sterne, 5 and 4.

We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Johnson vs. Sterne match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Richard Sterne takes care of business over No. 1 Sam Snead bracket seed Zach Johnson on the 15th hole with a birdie.

Richard Sterne def. Zach Johnson, 5 and 4

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Another birdie on 13, puts Richard Sterne 4 up over the Sam Snead bracket No. 1 seed Zach Johnson.

THRU 13: Sterne, 4 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

After cutting into Richard Sterne's lead, Zach Johnson can not birdie the par-5. Meanwhile, Sterne took advantage and made birdie. He goes back to being 3 up.

THRU 11: Sterne, 3 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Richard Sterne can't capitalize on winning three out of the last four holes. Zach Johnson gets a birdie to cut into Sterne's lead lead.

THRU 10: Sterne, 2 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

A Zach Johnson bogey results in a loss of hole for the American. The South African really takes control of this match before the turn.

THRU 9: Sterne, 3 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Richard Sterne follows up his birdie on No. 6 with a birdie on 7. He take a 2-up lead over Zach Johnson.

THRU 7: Sterne, 2 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

After squaring the match at No. 4, Richard Sterne takes a 1-up lead after a birdie on the par-3.

THRU 6: Sterne, 1 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Zach Johnson makes birdie on No. 2, the par-5, giving him the 1-up lead over Richard Sterne. Both players made par at the third.

THRU 3: Johnson, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Both players open with pars on No. 1. This is South Africa's Richard Stern's fourth match play event, but only second in the last four years. Zach Johnson has a win (Hyundai TOC) and two other top-10 finishes this season.

THRU 1: All square

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Zach Johnson

  • OWGR Rank: 6
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 9
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-40, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; T-16, McGladrey Classic; Won, Hyundai TOC; T-8, Sony Open; T-3, Humana Challenge.
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-17 (2010); T-17 (2009)
  • Comments: Johnson might be a guy that you ignore his recent poor run at Match Play considering how well he has been playing in the wraparound 2014 schedule. He took down Tiger at the Northwestern Mutual Challenge in what proved to be a one-on-one battle for the title in December.

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Richard Sterne

  • OWGR Rank: 65
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 127
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-39, HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: This will be the South African's fourth Match Play, but just his second in the last four years.

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