Spieth def. Kuchar 2 and 1 in WGC Match Play

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

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

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Pos Name Thru Today Overall
1 Bubba Watson $1,620,000 600 -8
2 Jonas Blixt $792,000 270 -5
2 Jordan Spieth $792,000 270 -5
4 Miguel Angel Jimenez $432,000 0 -4
5 Rickie Fowler $342,000 115 -2
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Jordan Spieth took down the defending champion, Matt Kuchar, leading from the sixth hole on en route to a 2-and-1 victory.

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

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

With Kuchar in for par, Spieth drains his ninth birdie of the match and it's a big one as it earns him the 17th hole and the match victory.

SPIETH WINS, 2 AND 1

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

Jordan Spieth is letting Matt Kuchar back into this match after back-to-back bogeys.

THRU 12: Spieth, 1 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Spieth makes a mess of this hole, picks up a bogey and Kuchar is back in this match.

THRU 11: Kuchar, 2 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Things have gone South real fast for Kuchar, who misses a 4-footer to halve the hole and Spieth is in complete control.

THRU 10: Spieth, 3 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Jordan Spieth doesn't even have to use the putter here, as his birdie is conceded after Kuchar makes a mess of things.

THRU 9: Spieth, 2 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

This is as back-and-forth as you can get, as Spieth picks up a conceded birdie after Kuchar finds trouble off the tee and the 20-year-old is back out in front.

THRU 6: Spieth, 1 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Spieth's first bogey of the day proves costly, as Kuchar wins the hole with par. Only No. 1 has been halved in this match thus far.

THRU 5: All Square

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Another birdie for Spieth gives him an early lead.

THRU 4: Spieth, 1 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

Spieth nails an 8-footer for birdie to answer back.

THRU 3: All Square

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Kuchar draws first blood with an eagle at No. 2 to take the lead on the 20-year-old

THRU 2; Kuchar, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

In what might be the marquee match of the day (No. 2 vs. No. 3), the duo starts with a halve.

THRU 1: All Square

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Matt Kuchar

  • OWGR Rank: 10
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 6
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-7, McGladrey Classic; T-6, Hyundai TOC; T-8, Sony Open; MC, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): Won (2013); T-5 (2012); 3rd (2011); T-17 (2010)
  • Comments: Kuchar missed his first cut since the 2012 PGA Championship this past week, yet still sports a solid season thus far on Tour. The defending champion has performed well on this stage and there's no reason to pick against him early on.

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Jordan Spieth

  • OWGR Rank: 13
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 19
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 17th, WGC-HSBC Champions; 2nd, Hyundai TOC; MC, Sony Open; T-19, Farmers Insurance; T-4, AT&T Pebble Beach; T-12, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): None
  • Comments: This will be Spieth's first experience at Match Play, but the 20-year-old is no stranger to match play in general, being a two-time U.S. Junior champion. He has five top-19 finishes in the wraparound 2014 season. Draw your own conclusions . . .

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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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