Dubuisson def. Hanson 3 & 1 in WGC Match Play

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

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

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No. 7 Sam Snead bracket seed Victor Dubuisson gets off to a good start against No. 15 Peter Hanson but Hanson squares the match – yet Dubuisson builds another lead and goes on to win 3 & 1 in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Dubuisson vs. Hanson match right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage.

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

A birdie here from Dubuisson gives the No. 7 seed another win and closes out Hanson's week. Not bad for the Frenchman as a Match Play first timer; he'll face the winner of the Bubba Watson vs. Jonas Blixt match, which Watson leads.

DUBUISSON WINS 3 & 1

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Breaking a string of four straight halved holes, Dubuisson breaks a bit of a back-nine par-5 jinx as both players bogeyed the 11th and Hanson bogeys here while par gives Dubuisson a two-hole edge for the first time since the second hole.

THRU 13 HOLES: Dubuisson, 2 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Hanson's reversal of fortune ends after three straight wins – as it's Dubuisson's turn for a retort as he makes a birdie putt of about 5 feet to reclaim the lead.

THRU EIGHT HOLES: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Consider the match reset. Hanson's third consecutive birdie pulls him back alongside Dubuisson. Didn't we say these two were evenly paired?

THRU SEVEN HOLES: All Square

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Hanson wins another hole with a birdie 2. What could have become a runaway is again a close match just past the midpoint of the front nine.

THRU SIX HOLES: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

After pars are traded in halving the fourth hole, Hanson's first birdie of the day earns him a win and helps him close his deficit a bit.

THRU FIVE HOLES: Dubuisson, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

The Frenchman is on fire early: A third consecutive birdie to start the day boost Dubuisson to a 3-up lead out of the gate. Suddenly the question becomes whether he can protect his cushion or will let Hanson back in.

THRU THREE HOLES: Dubuisson, 3 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

A second straight birdie gives Dubuisson an early "insurance run," to borrow a baseball term. But there's a lot of ground left to cover here. The Frenchman won the Turkish Open in November.

THRU TWO HOLES: Dubuisson, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

A birdie at the first gives Dubuisson an immediate 1-up lead. This could be a close one, as they are separated by just three spots in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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Victor Dubuisson

  • OWGR Rank: 30
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 41
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-40, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): None
  • Comments: The resume isn't deep, although the game has shown flashes. Advanced with a 5 & 4 win over Kevin Streelman in the first round.

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Peter Hanson

  • OWGR Rank: 62
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 44
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-21, HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-5 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-9 (2009)
  • Comments: Hanson made it to the quarterfinals two years ago and the Round of 16 in 2009, so he knows how to get wins in Match Play. Defeated No. 2 seed Dustin Johnson 4 & 3 in the first round.

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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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