Day def. Coetzee 3 and 1 in WGC Match Play

Jason Day during the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Jason Day during the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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Jason Day won the opening hole of his Round-of-16 match against George Coetzee, and then never relinquished his lead after the third hole en route to a 3-and-1 victory.

We kept you posted on the highlights of the Day vs. Coetzee match right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage.

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

After Coetzee misses a birdie putt at the par-4 17th, he concedes the hole to Day, who wins the match.

DAY WINS, 3 AND 1

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Day goes 2 up for the third time today after winning the par-4 14th with par.

THRU 14: Day, 2 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

George Coetzee salvages par on the 10th to make his way back to only 1 down to Jason Day.

THRU 10: Day, 1 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Before making the turn, Day will take a 2-up lead to the back nine with a par at the ninth after losing the eighth hole.

THRU 9: Day, 2 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

George Coetzee wins his second hole of the day with a birdie to cut into Jason Day's lead in this match from the Bobby Jones bracket.

THRU 8: Day, 1 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Jason Day drops in a birdie putt on the fourth hole. Coetzee can't answer with a putt of his own.

THRU 5: Day, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

All holes in this match have been won by both players. Day makes an easy par to Coetzee's double bogey.

THRU 3: Day, 1 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

After not posting a score on the first hole, Coetzee buries a birdie attempt and gets it back to all square with Day.

THRU 2: All Square

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

No. 2 in the Bobby Jones bracket, Jason Day, set to take on the 14th-seed George Coetzee in the Round of 16. The first hole goes Day's way as Coetzee concedes.

THRU 1: Day, 1 up

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Jason Day

  • OWGR Rank: 11
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 5
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-2, Farmers Insurance Open; T-64, AT&T Pebble Beach
  • Match Play results (since 2009): 3rd (2013); T-17 (2012); T-9 (2011)
  • Comments: Day's results at this tournament are impressive and the guy is definitely one of the rising stars on Tour. He's someone to watch for this week.

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George Coetzee

  • OWGR Rank: 59
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 129
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 74th, HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012)
  • Comments: Coetzee, who is coming off a victory at the Joburg Open, hasn't made it past the first round in his two previous Match Play starts, but he can get hot with the putter.

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Thursday's second-round coverage

J. Day, H. English smartly conquer second-round Match Play challenges

Thursday, we again saw evidence in the WGC-Accenture Match Play that the toughest hole can be the five inches between the ears. The mental part of the game again was on conspicuous display in, among other matches, a couple that went extra holes and were claimed by young stars Jason Day and Harris English.

G. McDowell: "I was dead and buried, both days," after second come-from-behind win

Live from the desert, a golf sequel to “The Year of Living Dangerously,” with Graeme McDowell, not Mel Gibson, playing the lead role. Shaking his head, he was trying to get his thoughts around what had just transpired in the second round of the Accenture Match Play Championship. By all respects, the man from Northern Ireland should have been packing his bags to head home. Instead, he’s on to the third round.

5 Things: R. Fowler stays hot; top seeds ousted; more

The unpredictability of match-play tournaments reared its head Thursday, and it provided plenty of surprising fireworks at Dove Mountain. From Rickie Fowler's comeback win over Jimmy Walker to Hunter Mahan's date with Graeme McDowell, as well as all four No. 1 seeds heading home, take a look at 5 Things you need to know after the Round of 32.

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Wednesday's first-round coverage

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.

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.

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