Garcia def. Haas 3 and 1 in WGC Match Play

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

Sergio Garcia 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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Sergio Garcia didn't take his first lead in his match against Bill Haas until the eighth hole, but he came away with a 3-and-1 victory to advance to the Round of 16.

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

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Haas concedes birdie to Garcia after he can't hole a par chip at the 17th, giving Garcia the hole and the match.

GARCIA WINS, 3 AND 1

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Haas can't save par at the par-3 16th and Garcia takes a 2-up lead with two holes to play.

THRU 16 HOLES: Garcia, 2 up

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Garcia retakes the lead with a birdie at the par-4 14th. It's just his third birdie of the match, although he does have an eagle, too.

THRU 14 HOLES: Garcia, 1 up

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Garcia does not have the lead for long as Haas birdies the par-5 13th to win the hole and square the match back up.

THRU 13 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Garcia leads for the first time today after taking his second straight hole with birdie at the 12th.

THRU 12 HOLES: Garcia, 1 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Garcia wins the par-5 11th with par after Haas, who had to take an unplayable after driving his tee shot into the desert, was conceded a bogey.

THRU 11 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Garcia gets a hole back with eagle at the par-5 eighth. Prior to that eagle, Garcia was 1 over on the day.

THRU 8 HOLES: Haas, 1 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

After four straight halves, Haas takes another hole after Garcia misses a par putt at the par-4 seventh.

THRU 7 HOLES: Haas, 2 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Garcia notches his first birdie, but Haas makes eagle at the par-5 second to take the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: Haas, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

The first hole of the day is halved with pars. Garcia is coming off a 22-hole victory over Marc Leishman while Haas defeated Miguel Angel Jimenez, 4 and 3, in the first round.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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Sergio Garcia

  • OWGR Rank: T-8
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 3
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-11, CIMB Classic; 4th, WGC-HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-33 (2012); 4th (2010); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: A mixed bag for the Spaniard in Match Play, but has also looked good thus far this season with a Euro Tour win already under his belt. Worth at least a pick or two.

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Bill Haas

  • OWGR Rank: 31
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 27
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-16, CIMB Classic; T-21, WGC-HSBC Champions, T-24, Hyundai TOC; T-6, Humana Challenge; T-43, Farmers Insurance Open; T-34, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-23, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-33 (2011)
  • Comments: His 0-for-3 at Match Play can be looked at in one of two ways: Either he is due for a win, or the event is simply not for him. He seems to be too good for the latter.

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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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