Furyk def. Schwartzel 3 and 2 in WGC Match Play

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

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

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Charl Schwartzel led for 10 of the first 11 holes, but Jim Furyk closed with five wins in the last six holes to win, 3 and 2.

In the first round, Schwartzel advanced with a 3-and-2 win over Kevin Stadler, while Furyk defeated Chris Kirk, 2 and 1.

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

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Furyk makes par at the par-3 16th to win his fifth hole in the last six holes, and this one clinches the match, as well.

FURYK WINS, 3 AND 2

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Furyk birdies the par-4 15th to win his fourth hole in the last five holes.

THRU 15 HOLES: Furyk, 2 up

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Make that three straight hole victories for Furyk, who wins the par-5 13th with birdie to take a 1-up lead, his first of the match.

THRU 13 HOLES: Furyk, 1 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Furyk pars the 12th to win his second straight hole and halve the match back up for the first time since the opening hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

After seven straight halves, Furyk wins the par-5 11th with birdie to cut Schwartzel's lead in half.

THRU 11 HOLES: Schwartzel, 1 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Schwartzel wins a second straight hole after Furyk bogeys the par-3 third.

THRU 3 HOLES: Schwartzel, 2 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Shwartzel's short birdie at the par-5 second gives him the first lead of the match.

THRU 2 HOLES: Schwartzel, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

The fourth match in the Ben Hogan bracket is underway as Schwartzel and Furyk each make par at the first.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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Charl Schwartzel

  • OWGR Rank: 16
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 13
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 5th, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-17 (2012); T-17 (2011); T-9 (2010); T-17 (2009)
  • Comments: Last year was the first year he didn't win a match at Match Play, and he's coming off an impressive Tour debut with four rounds in the 60s at Riviera. Definitely a dark-horse pick this week.

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Jim Furyk

  • OWGR Rank: 23
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 15
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-35, AT&T Pebble Beach; T-23, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-17 (2010); T-9 (2009)
  • Comments: Furyk took some time off after the FedEx Cup Playoffs and started his 2014 campaign with a pair of solid performances. He's been solid at Match Play, but not one that should register on many radars.

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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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