Simpson def. Snedeker 4 & 3 in WGC Match Play

Brandt Snedeker

Webb Simpson takes a big lead on Brandt Snedeker after winning three straight holes during the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play – though Snedeker narrows his deficit around the turn, Simpson widens his lead again on the back nine for a relatively easy win.

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

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Simpson makes a short birdie putt to halve the hole – and that's enough to put this match on ice. Simpson moves on to face Louis Oosthuizen, who also won convincingly today.

SIMPSON WINS, 4 & 3

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Snedeker is left barely hanging on after Simpson birdies to take a four-hole lead with five to play. It's largely a product of Simpson's 5-1 lead in birdies today.

THRU 13 HOLES: Simpson, 4 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

A birdie here allows Simpson to stretch his lead back to three, as he shows why he's ranked well ahead of Snedeker in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

THRU 11 HOLES: Simpson, 3 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Snedeker makes progress, parring the 10th hole and cutting Simpson's lead to 2 holes. Simpson bogeyed his first hole of the day.

THRU 10: Simpson, 2 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

The hole is halved after both golfers make par. Simpson is 1-under on the par 4s today.

THRU 9: Simpson, 3 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Snedeker breaks his rough stretch with a birdie, taking his first hole of the day. Simpson is still 3 up after parring the par 5.

THRU 8: Simpson, 3 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Both players parred the par-4 7th hole, making it only the third hole so far that has been halved in this match.

THRU 7: Simpson, 4 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Simpson makes a birdie 2 on the par 3 while Snedeker answers with a bogey, giving Simpson a big lead through six.

THRU 6: Simpson, 4 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Simpson maintains his lead through five holes after both players make par.

THRU 5: Simpson, 3 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Simpson takes lead with a birdie on No. 4. Snedeker has lost three straight holes in the match.

THRU 4: Simpson, 3 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Snedeker concedes the hole after hitting into a water hazard, giving Simpson a 2-hole lead through three.

THRU 3: Simpson, 2 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Simpson took an early lead with a birdie 4 at the par-5 2nd hole over Snedeker.

THRU 2: Simpson, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Both Snedeker and Simpson par hole No. 1.

THRU 1: All Square

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Brandt Snedeker

  • OWGR Rank: 19
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 79
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-55, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-11, Hyundai TOC, T-58, Humana Challenge; MC, Farmers Insurance Open; T-61, Waste Management Phoenix Open; MC, AT&T Pebble Beach
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-9 (2012)
  • Comments: Only one appearance in the past five years is a bit mysterious, but Snedeker rolls the rock better than most and will be a tough match for anyone. His recent play is a bit discouraging, missing two cuts in six events. In the first round, Snedeker advanced with a 1-up win in 20 holes over David Lynn.

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Webb Simpson

  • OWGR Rank: 20
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 10
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: Won, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; T-7, McGladrey Classic; T-3, Hyundai TOC; T-23, Humana Challenge; 10th, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-70, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-5 (2013); T-33 (2012)
  • Comments: He's been hot (his weekend at Rivera notwithstanding) and a T-5 last year should put him squarely on your radar as a pick to go deep. Simpson advanced with a 3 & 2 win over Thongchai Jaidee in the first round.

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Wednesday's first-round coverage

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Match Play preview coverage

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