Dubuisson def. Watson, 1 up, at WGC Match Play

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

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Victor Dubuisson held off a late charge from Bubba Watson to advance to the quarterfinals at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Here's how it all unfolded:

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

Dubuisson hits the green in regulation and two-putts for par, leaving Watson needing to chip in from deep rough above the hole. His chip is lackluster and the Frenchman advances.

DUBUISSON WINS, 1 UP

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Watson finally makes a long putt (11 feet), and it allows him to move to the 18th, as Dubuisson misses his birdie attempt from 7 feet.

THRU 17: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Watson just won't go away, as he picks up a simple birdie on the short par 4 and he inches closer.

THRU 15: Dubuisson, 2 up

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Dubuisson is in complete control now, using a simple par to win the 14th and take a 3-hole advantage.

THRU 14: Dubuisson, 3 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Dubuisson bounces right back with a big two-putt for par to win the hole.

THRU 12: Dubuisson, 2 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Bubba Watson gets up-and-down from a greenside bunker for birdie and he cuts the Frenchman's lead in half.

THRU 11: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

After three consecutive halves, Dubuisson makes a 5-footer for par to win the 10th and regain a 2-up advantage.

THRU 10: Dubuisson, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Dubuisson finds trouble off the tee and Watson two-putts for a par to win the hole.

THRU 3: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Dubuisson is making a statement early, picking up a birdie on No. 2 to win the second hole and build an early advantage.

THRU 2: Dubuisson, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Victor Dubuisson says that he tries to model his game after Bubba Watson. And he nearly has the distance to keep up with Bubba. After the first hole, Dubuisson isn't showing his idol much respect, taking the opening hole to move into the lead.

THRU 1: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Bubba Watson

  • OWGR Rank: 14
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 8
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-31, CIMB Classic; T-8, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-23, Farmers Insurance Open; T-2, Waste Management Phoenix Open; Won, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-9 (2013); T-17 (2012); 4th (2011)
  • Comments: It's rare for a player to win in consecutive weeks, but Watson is a creative bomber and is a birdie machine. Is he getting hot at the right time? His first win since 2012 verifies that. Watson advanced with a 2 & 1 win over Mikko Ilonen in the first round.

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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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