English def. McIlroy in 19 holes at WGC Match Play

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

Harris English 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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Top-seeded Rory McIlroy and Harris English made the turn at all square in their match, and after 18 holes, the match was still all square. But on the 19th hole, McIlroy got into trouble and ended up conceding the hole and the match to English.

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

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Hole No. 19: Par 4, 460 yards

McIlroy gets into trouble at the par-4 first hole, the first playoff hole, pulling his approach shot into the desert. After he can't convert a bogey putt, he concedes the hole and the match to English.

ENGLISH WINS, 19 HOLES

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

We're going to extra holes after both players two-putt for par at the par-4 18th.

THRU 18 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

English makes a big birdie at the par-4 17th to pull back to all square entering the 18th.

THRU 17 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

McIlroy is conceded a birdie at the par-3 16th, and he takes the hole and the lead in the match.

THRU 16 HOLES: McIlroy, 1 up

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

McIlroy wins a second straight hole with birdie at the par-4 15th to even things back up.

THRU 15 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

McIlroy birdies the par-4 14th to cut English's lead in half. Just one of the last eight holes in this match has been halved.

THRU 14 HOLES: English, 1 up

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

English takes the par-5 13th with par to retake a 2-up lead. McIlroy bogeyed the hole. In his last four holes, McIlroy has a birdie, two bogeys and a hole he conceded to English.

THRU 13 HOLES: English, 2 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

McIlroy gets a hole back with a birdie at the par-3 12th.

THRU 12 HOLES: English, 1 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

English doubles his lead after McIlroy concedes the par-5 11th.

THRU 11 HOLES: English, 2 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

English takes his third 1-up lead of the match after McIlroy bogeys the par-4 10th.

THRU 10 HOLES: English, 1 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

This match is all square for the third time today after McIlroy birdies the par-5 eighth.

THRU 8 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

After three straight halves, English birdies the par-4 seventh to take his second lead of the match.

THRU 7 HOLES: English, 1 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

McIlroy gets a hole back with birdie at the par-3 third, and he's now back to all square with English.

THRU 3 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

English birdies the par-5 second to take the early lead on McIlroy.

THRU 2 HOLES: English, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

McIlroy, the top seed in the Ben Hogan bracket, and Harris English open their match with a halve after each player makes par at the par-4 first hole.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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Rory McIlroy

  • OWGR Rank: 7
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 24
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-6, WGC-HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); 2nd (2012); T-17 (2011); T-17 (2010); T-5 (2009)
  • Comments: McIlroy's game is well-suited for mano-y-mano action, as he can run off birdies in bunches, and the big holes don't count against him as much. He's shown some very good signs in 2014, so might be the overall favorite this week.

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Harris English

  • OWGR Rank: 39
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 18
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-40, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; T-7, CIMB Classic; T-27, McGladrey Classic; won, OHL Classic at Mayakoba; T-11, Hyundai Tournament of Champions; fourth, Sony Open in Hawaii; T-33, Humana Challenge; ninth, Waste Management Open; T-10, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): None
  • Comments: English is one of the hottest players on Tour right now with a victory and five other finishes of T-11 or better this season.

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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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