Oosthuizen def. Stenson 4 and 3 in WGC Match Play

Henrik Stenson during his first-round win at the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Henrik Stenson during his first-round win at the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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No. 1 Bobby Jones bracket seed Henrik Stenson goes down! Louis Oosthuizen drains a 25 footer on 15 to close out Stenson, 4 and 3.

In the first round, Stenson advanced with a 2 & 1 win over Kiradech Aphibarnrat, while Oosthuizen defeated Nick Watney 1 up.

We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Stenson vs. Oosthuizen match right here – and scroll down for our earlier coverage this week.

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Down goes the overall and No. 1 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, Henrik Stenson. Louis Oosthuizen drains a long birdie putt at 15 to end the match. Stenson had a chance to match Ooshuizen for birdie, but he missed.

Henrik Stenson def. Louis Oosthuizen 4 and 3

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

After trading the same scores on Nos. 7-11, Louis Oosthuizen finally breaks the trend. He settles for par on the par-3, while Stenson made bogey. The No. 1 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket seems to be in trouble.

THRU 12: Oosthuizen, 3 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Both players earn a birdie on the par 5, making it five straight holes that have been halved. Oosthuizen has not won a hole since No. 4, where he went 3 up.

THRU 11: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Oosthuizen makes his second bogey of the day at the 493-yard par 4, but Stenson responds with a bogey as well. Oosthuizen keeps his 2 up lead.

THRU 10: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Stenson and Oosthuizen make the turn after making pars at No. 9. Oosthuizen maintains a 2-up lead.

THRU 9: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Both Stenson and Oosthuizen birdied the par-5 8th, keeping Oosthuizen's lead at 2 up. Stenson is gaining his bearings, as he has either halved or won the past four holes.

THRU 8: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Both players make par on the par 4 to keep Oosthuizen's advantage at 2 up.

THRU 7: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Stenson wins his first hole of the day after Oosthuizen makes bogey on the par 3. The No. 1 overall seed hasn't advanced past the second round since 2008.

THRU 6: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

The No. 1 player in the bracket has yet to win a hole today, as Oosthuizen maintains his 3-up lead through five holes. Both players made par at the par 4.

THRU 5: Oosthuizen, 3 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Stenson concedes his second hole of the day, giving Oosthuizen, the former Open champ, a 3-hole lead through four.

THRU 4: Oosthuizen, 3 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Both players make par, keeping Oosthuizen's lead at two through three holes.

THRU 3: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Oosthuizen drains a lengthy putt for eagle, taking hole No. 2 and a 2-hole lead.

THRU 2: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

No. 1 seed Henrik Stenson conceded the first hole, giving Louis Oosthuizen an early lead.

THRU 1: Oosthuizen, 1 up

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Henrik Stenson

  • OWGR Rank: 3
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 11
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-31, WGC-HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: Stenson has failed to get past the first round in the last four years in Match Play. Then again, did anyone expect him to win the Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup title?

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Louis Oosthuizen

  • OWGR Rank: 35
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 136
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-15, WGC-HSBC Champions; MC, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-17 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: Oosthuizen has dealt with injuries over the past year, so he is a bit of a hard-to-predict guy. He's got plenty of game, but is his game back in shape? A missed cut at Riviera is hard to ignore.

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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.

Surprising starts: Bubba's comeback; Fowler, Blixt upsets

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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