Oosthuizen def. Simpson 5 and 4 in WGC Match Play

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

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

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Louis Oosthuizen earned the first win of the day, knocking off Webb Simpson, 5 and 4, in the Round of 16.

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

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Simpson finds the bunker with his approach at the par-4 14th and with Oosthuizen in with par, Simpson fails to hole his third shot, and the South African wins the match.

OOSTHUIZEN WINS, 5 AND 4

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

With a tap-in birdie at the 13th, Oosthuizen takes a 5-up lead with five to play in his match with Simpson.

THRU 13: Oosthuizen, 5 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

The Open champion is just going to town on Webb Simpson. Oosthuizen won the 11th to go 4 up over Simpson. Oosthuizen had another look at birdie and to take a 5-up lead, but he missed and Simpson made his par.

THRU 12: Oosthuizen, 4 up

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards

Oosthuizen controls this match after the turn with a par at the 10th. Oosthuizen is 4 under on the day and has yet to record a bogey.

THRU 10: Oosthuizen, 3 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

Oosthuizen is 3 under on the front nine par-5s. Simpson can't make his birdie putt and that gives Ooshuizen a 2-up lead.

THRU 8: Oosthuizen, 2 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Back and forth we go in this match. Oosthuizen saves par on 7, while Simpson makes bogey. The score in this match has changed over the last four holes.

THRU 7: Oosthuizen, 1 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

Oosthuizen birdies the par-3 sixth to get the match with 2012 U.S. Open champion back to all square.

THRU 6: All Square

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

With back-to-back birdies, Simpson takes a 1-up lead in this match against No. 35 in the world, Louis Oosthuizen.

THRU 5: Simpson, 1 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

A birdie at the fourth for Webb Simpson allows him to square the match with Louis Oosthuizen. This will be a battle till the end with both players playing solid golf.

THRU 4: All Square

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

By eagling the second, Louis Oosthuizen takes the lead. Webb Simpson makes birdie.

THRU 2:Oosthuizen, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Two major winners going up against one another in this match at Dove Mountain. This one starts off quiet with two pars.

THRU 1: All Square

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Webb Simpson

  • OWGR Rank: 20
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 10
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: Won, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; T-7, McGladrey Classic; T-3, Hyundai TOC; T-23, Humana Challenge; 10th, Waste Management Phoenix Open; T-70, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-5 (2013); T-33 (2012)
  • Comments: He's been hot (his weekend at Rivera notwithstanding) and a T-5 last year should put him squarely on your radar as a pick to go deep. Simpson advanced with a 3 & 2 win over Thongchai Jaidee in the first round.

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Louis Oosthuizen

  • OWGR Rank: 35
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 136
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-15, WGC-HSBC Champions; MC, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-17 (2012); T-33 (2011); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: Oosthuizen has dealt with injuries over the past year, so he is a bit of a hard-to-predict guy. He's got plenty of game, but is his game back in shape? A missed cut at Riviera is hard to ignore.

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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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