Dufner def. Manassero 2 and 1 in WGC Match Play

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

Jason Dufner wins in dramatic fashion on the 17th hole with a chip in. He defeated Italian Matteo Manassero, 2 and 1.

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

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

What a way to end the match ... Jason Dufner sent his approach shot over the green. That didn't matter. He chips it in to win the hole. Matteo Manassero gave his birdie attempt a good effort, but it didn't go in.

Jason Dufner def. Matteo Manassero, 2 and 1

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Jason Dufner takes his first lead of the day on the 16th hole by making a 3 footer for par after Matteo Manassero missed his 18 foot par putt.

THRU 16: Dufner, 1 up

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

The 15th is conceded to Jason Dufner after Matteo Manassero took the lead at 13. Dufner and Manassero are all square heading to the par-3 16th.

THRU 15: All Square

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

An eagle drops for the young Italian, Matteo Manassero, and that allows him to take a 1-up lead over Jason Dufner on the 13th. Dufner made birdie.

THRU 12:Manassero, 1 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Jason Dufner settles for par at No. 13, while his playing competitor Matteo Manassero makes a bogey on the par-3. With six holes remaining, its all square.

THRU 12: All Square

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

A birdie at the ninth – before the turn – for Jason Dufner creeps him back into the match with Matteo Manassero, who makes bogey.

THRU 9: Manassero, 1 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Two birdies in the last three holes for Matteo Manassero. Jason Dufner can't convert on his birdie putt on 7, therefore Manassero grows his lead on the reigning PGA champion.

THRU 7: Manassero, 2 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

A par for Matteo Manassero wins a hole for the Italian and that allows him to take the lead over American Jason Dufner. Manassero has plenty of match play experience, including a Round of 16 appearance in 2011.

THRU 5: Manassero, 1 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Back and forth we go ... Jason Dufner with a birdie on the third hole. Matteo Manassero settled for par. Looks like birdies may win this match.

THRU 3: All Square

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Jason Dufner reached the front of the green with his third shot and takes three more shots to get it into the hole. Matteo Manassero makes birdie after the fact and takes advantage of this par-5.

THRU 2: Manassero, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

No. 4 Gary Player bracket seed and No. 18 in the Official World Golf Rankings Jason Dufner will take on No. 12 (in the bracket) and No. 50 in the OWGR Matteo Manassero in the last match of the day. Dufner and Manassero with two-putt pars on No. 1 to halve the hole.

THRU 1: All Square

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Jason Dufner

  • OWGR Rank: 18
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 25
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-34, WGC-HSBC Champions; 5th, Hyundai TOC; T-29, Sony Open; T-65, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012)
  • Comments: Not much of a sample size when it comes to Match Play, so he is a bit of an unproven commodity.

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Matteo Manassero

  • OWGR Rank: 50
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 100
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-21, HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013), T-17 (2012), T-9 (2011)
  • Comments: He's young, but Manassero already has three Match Plays under his belt, including a Round-of-16 appearance back in 2011.

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Wednesday's first-round coverage

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Match Play preview coverage

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