Kuchar def. Moore 2 up in WGC Match Play
Thursday, February 20, 2014
PHOTOS: WGC-Accenture Match Play, Rd. 2
See the action and emotion (and some desert scenery) from Thursday's second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
No. 2 Gary Player bracket seed Matt Kuchar takes improves his match play record to 17-3 with a 2 up victory over Ryan Moore.
We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Kuchar vs. Moore match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.
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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards
Matt Kuchar finishes off Ryan Moore with an approach shot to 2 feet and is able to close out his opponent after Moore conceded the hole. The defending champion is moving on.
Matt Kuchar def. Ryan Moore, 2 up
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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards
Ryan Moore misses his birdie attempt from 18 feet, opening the door for Matt Kuchar to make his 5 footer. This gives the advantage to the defending champ heading to the par-3 16th.
THRU 15: Kuchar, 1 up
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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards
The first birdie on the back nine between Matt Kuchar and Ryan Moore comes at the 13th at the hand of Kuchar. That allows the defending champion to pull back to all square with Moore.
THRU 13: All Square
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards
Finally ... Ryan Moore takes advantage of the par-4 ninth and makes the first move in the match with a birdie. He'll take a 1-up lead at the turn.
THRU 9: Moore, 1 up
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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards
Pretty steady golf between Matt Kuchar and Ryan Moore today. It has been all square through the first seven holes with neither player getting an advantage. Both players birdied the second, double bogeyed the third and bogeyed the sixth.
THRU 7: All Square
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
Two past U.S. Amateur champs squaring off in this one. Moore, a UNLV product won in 2004, and Kuchar a Georgia Tech graduate won in 1997. Both players make four on the first hole.
THRU 1: All Square
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- OWGR Rank: 10
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 6
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-7, McGladrey Classic; T-6, Hyundai TOC; T-8, Sony Open; MC, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): Won (2013); T-5 (2012); 3rd (2011); T-17 (2010)
- Comments: Kuchar missed his first cut since the 2012 PGA Championship this past week, yet still sports a solid season thus far on Tour. The defending champion has performed well on this stage and there's no reason to pick against him early on.
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- OWGR Rank: 29
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 50
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-9, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; Won, CIMB Classic; T-50, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-23, OHL Classic at Mayakoba; 10th, Hyundai TOC; T-6, Waste Management Phoenix Open; MC, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-5 (2011); T-33 (2010)
- Comments: Two early exits in three years at Match Play for Moore, although he has three top-10s and a win thus far for the 2014 Tour season.
PHOTOS: WGC Match Play 2014
Check out photos from the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
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Wednesday's first-round coverage
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.