Furyk def. English 1 up in WGC Match Play

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

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

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Jim Furyk didn't take his first lead in his match against Harris English until the 14th hole. But in the end, Furyk notched a 1-up victory to advance past the third round for the first time in his Match Play career.

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

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

Furyk halves the hole with a two-putt par, and that's good enough for the win over English.

FURYK WINS, 1 UP

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Jim Furyk chips in from the fringe of the green on the par-3 to take a 1-up lead heading to 17.

THRU 16: Furyk, 1 up

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Harris English sinks a 8 footer from above the hole to make birdie and square the match heading to the par-3 on the course.

THRU 15: All Square

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Jim Furyk has won four out of the last eight holes to take command of the match. English bogeys the 14th after he misses a downhill 4 footer. Furyk makes his 3 footer and takes a lead in the match for the first time today.

THRU 14: Furyk, 1 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

After Harris English hit the flagstick coming out of the bunker, his par was conceded. Jim Furyk has a 8 footer for birdie and to win the hole. He makes it to pull back to all square with English.

THRU 12: All Square

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

After being 3 up through six, English bogeyed the 7th and 10th. Furyk has just had to lag putts for par to win the hole.

THRU 10: English, 1 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

In the first match of the day, Jim Furyk let a birdie putt from 40 feet sit on the edge of the cup. Harris English tried to save par putt his putt didn't drop. Furyk wins his first hole of the day.

THRU 7: English, 2 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Looks like English wants to take control of this match early on and he seems to be doing that with a par at the sixth.

THRU 6: English, 3 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Strike while the iron's hot. English strikes again on the third hole with his first birdie of the day.

THRU 3: English, 2 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

It's the 24-year-old that strikes early. English settles for par on the second, while the veteran, Jim Furyk makes a bogey.

THRU 2: English, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Harris English took down No. 1-seed Rory McIlroy in the Round of 32, while Jim Furyk defeated Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. This is English's first time at Match Play, while Furyk is looking to get back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Both players make par at the first.

THRU 1: All Square

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Jim Furyk

  • OWGR Rank: 23
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 15
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-35, AT&T Pebble Beach; T-23, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-17 (2010); T-9 (2009)
  • Comments: Furyk took some time off after the FedEx Cup Playoffs and started his 2014 campaign with a pair of solid performances. He's been solid at Match Play, but not one that should register on many radars.

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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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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.

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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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.

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