Spieth def. Bjorn 5 and 4 in WGC Match Play

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No. 3 Gary Player bracket seed Jordan Spieth takes down Thomas Bjorn, 5 and 4, in Round of 32 at Dove Mountain.

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

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Thomas Bjorn gave his birdie chance a valiant effort on the 14th, but it came up just short. Jordan Spieth had to two-putt and did for the victory. A good showing in match play for the 2013 Rookie of the Year moving on to the Round of 16.

Jordan Spieth def. Thomas Bjorn, 5 and 4

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Jordan Spieth is just going to town on his elder, Thomas Bjorn. Spieth makes his third birdie of the day and takes a commanding lead heading into the back nine at Dove Mountain.

THRU 10: Spieth, 5 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Jordan Spieth lagged a birdie putt up to the cup, and put the pressure on Thomas Bjorn. He had to make the par putt to halve the hole. He gives it a good run, but it runs by the hole.

THRU 7: Spieth, 4 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Thomas Bjorn makes back-to-back bogeys, while Jordan Spieth settles for two pars allowing him to take control of this match.

THRU 6: Spieth, 3 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Jordan Spieth makes the first birdie between him and Thomas Bjorn, which allows him to win hole No. 5.

THRU 5: Spieth, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Jordan Spieth found the bunker with his tee shot. After not getting out for his second shot, he made his third shot from the bunker with the flagstick out to halve the hole with Thomas Bjorn.

THRU 3: Spieth, 1 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

After a soft touch with his chip shot, Jordan Spieth makes a 6 footer for birdie to take the early lead against Thomas Bjorn.

THRU 2: Spieth, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

A match of young and old. Did You Know? Thomas Bjorn, a native of Denmark, turned pro the same year, Jordan Spieth was born. Another thing Bjorn and Spieth have in common? Both won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award. The match starts off with two pars between the two.

THRU 1: All Square

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Jordan Spieth

  • OWGR Rank: 13
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 19
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 17th, WGC-HSBC Champions; 2nd, Hyundai TOC; MC, Sony Open; T-19, Farmers Insurance; T-4, AT&T Pebble Beach; T-12, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): None
  • Comments: This will be Spieth's first experience at Match Play, but the 20-year-old is no stranger to match play in general, being a two-time U.S. Junior champion. He has five top-19 finishes in the wraparound 2014 season. Draw your own conclusions . . .

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  • Thomas Bjorn

  • OWGR Rank: 26
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 45
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-39, WGC-HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-17 (2011)
  • Comments: Has one win in three appearances at Match Play over the past three years. That's not good math.

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Match Play preview coverage

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