McDowell def. Matsuyama 1 up in WGC Match Play

Graeme McDowell, right, after his win over Gary Woodland, left, in the first round of the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Graeme McDowell, right, after his win over Gary Woodland, left, in the first round of the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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No. 4 Sam Snead bracket seed Graeme McDowell falls behind No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama out of the gate during their second-round match Thursday in the WGC-Accenture Match Play – but closes the deficit late to pull All Square heading to the 18th tee. A Matsuyama miscue and a clutch par putt from McDowell combine to give G-Mac his second big comeback win in as many days.

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

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

From 4 down Wednesday and 3 down today, McDowell completes back-to-back comeback victories – the latter thanks to a par putt of about 5 feet after Matsuyama misses a long, downhill par try. McDowell advances to face Hunter Mahan in the third round.

MCDOWELL WINS, 1 UP

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

G-Mac does rhyme with comeback. A birdie at No. 17 pulls McDowell square with Matsuyama for the first time since the fairway on No. 1. They head to the 18th for a brand-new match, in effect, albeit with the momentum in McDowell's corner.

THRU 17 HOLES: All Square

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

With a birdie, McDowell makes his deficit a lot more manageable as he pulls within one of Matsuyama with three to play; still work to do. Matsuyama has just one bogey today, though, seemingly placing the onus on McDowell to chase birdies.

THRU 15 HOLES: Matsuyama, 1 up

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

McDowell faces a need for a dramatic, late comeback for the second straight day – after five straight holes halved with pars, Matsuyama birdies the 14th to go up two holes with four to play.

THRU 14 HOLES: Matsuyama, 2 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Another birdie and another win for McDowell, who climbs back within one of Matsuyama and narrows his deficit much earlier in the match than in the previous round.

THRU EIGHT HOLES: Matsuyama, 1 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

McDowell's second birdie of the round wins his first hole of the day – last time, Matsuyama holed out a chip for eagle – and narrows the deficit. At the PGA Show last month, McDowell talked about starting his 2014 schedule and looked back at his 2010 U.S. Open win.

THRU SEVEN HOLES: Matsuyama, 2 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

A McDowell bogey puts Matsuyama ahead by three, albeit well before the turn. McDowell still can't be counted out, though, judging by yesterday's comeback from 4 down after seven holes.

THRU SIX HOLES: Matsuyama, 3 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Holing out a chip, Matsuyama extends his early lead to two shots in a hurry. McDowell had a late comeback win yesterday, though, so he's got plenty of time to recover.

THRU TWO HOLES: Matsuyama, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Birdie for Matsuyama, who is looking for his first PGA Tour win, gets him out to a quick lead. These two are closely matched in OWGR, with McDowell five spots better – yet Matsuyama is ranked 35 spots higher in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, which place more emphasis on recent performance.

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Graeme McDowell

  • OWGR Rank: 17
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 47
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 3rd, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-7, AT&T Pebble Beach
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-5 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-9 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: McDowell won Volvo World Match Play in 2013 and also had a T-5 at Match Play in Arizona. Hasn't played a lot in this calendar year, but is a guy that simply doesn't go away. McDowell had advanced with a 1-up win over Gary Woodland in 19 holes in teh first round.

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Hideki Matsuyama

  • OWGR Rank: 22
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 12
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-3, Frys.com Open; T-25, CIMB Classic; WD, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-16, Farmers Insurance Open; T-4, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-23, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): None
  • Comments: He's a young gun, despite fighting through some lingering injuries this season. He's got a lot of pressure on him because of all the eyeballs on him from his native Japan, but the youngster is handling it well. Matsuyama had defeated Martin Kaymer 2 & 1 in the first round.

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Wednesday's first-round coverage

Wednesday's first-round coverage

McDowell: 'Very fortunate to have escaped' at Match Play

There are no guarantees in golf, if we hadn’t known that before. Nothing is certain, particularly in 18-hole match play, even when you are 3 down with three holes left and your opponent sends an approach shot toward the pin. That was Graeme McDowell’s predicament in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

5 Things: Snedeker sneaks in; McIlroy moves on; more

Thirty-two matches, 64 players, nearly 10 hours of golf – and dozens of reasons why it's the best day of the year for pure PGA Tour fun, non-major category. But with so much going on, no time to waste. Here are 5 Things to know from Day 1 of the Accenture Match Play Championship.

And for your morning breakfast, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship served up a trio of surprises. Rickie Fowler beating Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt eliminating Keegan Bradley? No argument there. But Bubba Watson ousting Mikko Ilonen? A surprise? If you go by stature in the game, resumes and seedings – Watson was 11th, Ilonen 54th – it surely wasn’t, but the way things turned in the American’s favor certainly was.

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Match Play preview coverage

Hole-by-hole preview of Dove Mountain, Match Play host course

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain is certainly fun to watch from home. And with match play, just about anything can happen, especially on this dramatic, rugged Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountain Range just north of Tucson, Ariz. See photos and a strategic description of all 18 holes.

Expert picks: No clear favorite at WGC Match Play

The field is stacked and this is truly the "anything-can-happen" tournament of the year, as match play seems to even the playing field in golf. With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott taking the WGC-Accenture Match Play off, a bit of intrigue might be lost, but the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter should provide some drama worth watching.

R.McIlroy tops Match Play odds; D. Johnson, J. Day close

Rory McIlroy tops the list of odds to win this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day not far behind. McIlroy is listed at 12/1 to win the tournament, with Johnson and Day at 15/1.

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