Day def. Horschel in 22 holes at WGC Match Play

Jason Day during Thursday's second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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Jason Day needed four extra holes, but a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole sealed a 22-hole victory over Billy Horschel.

In the first round, Day advanced with a 2-up win over Thorbjorn Olesen, and Horschel defeated Jamie Donaldson 6 and 5.

We kept you posted on the highlights of the match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.

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Hole No. 22: Par 4, 393 yards

Day birdies the par-4 fourth hole to win the hole and the match.

DAY WINS, 22 HOLES

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Hole No. 21: Par 3, 208 yards

Three extra holes have been halved with pars now after Horschel and Day each two-putt the par-3 third green.

THRU 21 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 20: Par 5, 574 yards

Day and Horschel halve a second extra hole and this match is going to the 21st hole.

THRU 20 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 19: Par 4, 460 yards

Jason Day gets up and down for par at the par-4 first hole to extend the match to the 20th hole.

THRU 19 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

Day and Horschel are headed to extra holes after both players save par. Horschel two-outted after approaching the green from a bunker, and Day got up and down from in front of the green.

THRU 18 HOLES: All Square

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Day and Horschel head to hole No. 18 all tied up after both players parred No. 17. Day won his final two holes after being All Square through 16 yesterday against Thorbjorn Olesen.

THRU 17 HOLES: All Square

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Day completes his comeback after going down by 3 in the first four holes. Day made par on the par 3 and Horschel finished with a bogey as their pair heads to 17.

THRU 16 HOLES: All Square

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Day rolls in a par putt to halve the hole as the pair heads toward the final three holes of the course.

THRU 15 HOLES: Horschel, 1 up

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Horschel hits a birdie putt to fend off a surging Day and halve the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: Horschel, 1 up

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Day birdies his second hole in the past three tries, but Horschel answers with his own birdie. The former Florida Gator maintains his 1-hole lead with five holes to go.

THRU 13 HOLES: Horschel, 1 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Jason Day wins his second straight hole to bring Horschel's lead to 1 hole. Horschel shot a boget on the par 3, his second in three holes.

THRU 12 HOLES: Horschel, 1 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Day strikes back with a birdie on the par-5 11th. Horschel parred the hole, watching his lead slim down to 2 holes.

THRU 11 HOLES: Horschel, 2 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Both players bogey the par-4 10th, keeping Horschel at 3 up on the day. The pair has been even since Horschel won three straight holes – No. 2, 3 and 4.

THRU 10 HOLES: Horschel, 3 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Horschel will make the turn 3 up after both players made par at No. 9.

THRU 9 HOLES: Horschel, 3 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Horschel birdied his third hole on the day, taking the par 5 over Day, who parred.

THRU 8 HOLES: Horschel, 3 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Both golfers make par, leaving Horschel's lead at 2 holes.

THRU 7 HOLES: Horschel, 2 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Day wins his first hole of the day after Horschel bogeys the par-3 6th.

THRU 6 HOLES: Horschel, 2 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Both players make par, keeping Horschel's 3-hole lead intact.

THRU 5 HOLES: Horschel, 3 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Jason Day has yet to fire his first birdie of the round, while Horschel birdies the 4th, putting Horschel 3 up through 4.

THRU 4 HOLES: Horschel, 3 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Horschel is 1-under on the day after making another par on No. 3, but Day bogeyed the hole, giving Horschel a 2-hole lead.

THRU 3 HOLES: Horschel, 2 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Horschel makes his first birdie of the day, taking a 1-up lead on Day, who parred the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: Horschel, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Both players made par on the first hole, starting the round tied after one.

THRU 1 HOLE: All Square

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Jason Day

  • OWGR Rank: 11
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 5
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-2, Farmers Insurance Open; T-64, AT&T Pebble Beach
  • Match Play results (since 2009): 3rd (2013); T-17 (2012); T-9 (2011)
  • Comments: Day's results at this tournament are impressive and the guy is definitely one of the rising stars on Tour. He's someone to watch for this week.

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Billy Horschel

  • OWGR Rank: 43
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 40
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: MC, Frys.com Open; T-11, CIMB Classic; T-34, HSBC Champions; T-6, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; T-25, Humana Challenge; T-23 Farmers Insurance Open; MC, Waste Management Phoenix Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): None
  • Comments: Horschel has the fire and swagger for Match Play, which should make up for his lack of experience in the event.

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Wednesday's first-round coverage

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Match Play preview coverage

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