Fowler def. Garcia 1 up in WGC Match Play
Friday, February 21, 2014
PHOTOS: WGC-Accenture Match Play, Rd. 2
See the action and emotion (and some desert scenery) from Thursday's second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
Rickie Fowler drained a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to seal a 1-up victory over Sergio Garcia to advance to the quarterfinals.
We kept you posted on the highlights of the Garcia vs. Fowler match right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage.
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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards
Fowler hits his approach to within 5 feet at the par-18th. And after Garcia can't convert his birdie putt, Fowler drains the 4-footer for birdie to win the hole and the match.
FOWLER WINS, 1 UP
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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards
Rickie Fowler drains a 12 footer for birdie and to win the hole. He fights back from 3 down to all square heading to the final two holes.
THRU 16: All Square
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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards
Fowler, 15 feet away and on the same line as Garcia, makes his birdie putt. Garcia follows, but his finds the edge of the cup. Is No. 7 going to come back and bite Garcia? He said good-good with Fowler's 20 foot putt compared to his 7 footer.
THRU 10: Garcia, 1 up
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards
Garcia's approach shot misses the green. Garcia had to chip up and has about 5 feet for par. Fowler sets up and makes his 12 footer for birdie before the turn at Dove Mountain.
THRU 9: Garcia, 2 up
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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards
It's a three-putt from Rickie Fowler at No. 8. Garcia gets up and down from the green side bunker.
THRU 8: Garcia, 3 up
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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards
Garcia sinks a 3 footer for par on the fifth to take a 2-up lead over Fowler.
THRU 5: Garcia, 2 up
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards
Garcia with back-to-back birdies over Rickie Fowler to start his round and he's leading by two. Garcia is looking to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
THRU 2: Garcia, 2 up
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards
Rickie Fowler has seemed to be the upset king this tournament by taking down Ian Poulter in the Round of 64 and Jimmy Walker in the Round of 32. The No. 2-seed Sergio Garcia is taking care of business as usual.
It's Garcia that takes an early lead with a birdie on No. 1
THRU 1: Garcia, 1 up
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- OWGR Rank: T-8
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 3
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-11, CIMB Classic; 4th, WGC-HSBC Champions
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-33 (2012); 4th (2010); T-33 (2009)
- Comments: A mixed bag for the Spaniard in Match Play, but has also looked good thus far this season with a Euro Tour win already under his belt. Worth at least a pick or two.
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- OWGR Rank: 56
- Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 51
- 2014 PGA Tour results: T-19, CIMB Classic; T-55, HSBC Champions; T-33, Humana Challenge; MC, Farmers Insurance Open; MC, Waste Management Phoenix Open; MC, Northern Trust Open
- Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-9 (2011)
- Comments: Fowler has fallen 16 spots in the OWGR since the start of the year and he's been working on some swing changes with Butch Harmon, but you still can't count him out in Match Play.
PHOTOS: WGC Match Play 2014
Check out photos from the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
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Thursday's second-round coverage
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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