Friday match previewstext sizeNo. 6 seed Bo Van Pelt will take on match play guru and No. 3 seed Ian Poulter on Friday.February 21, 2013
Mike McAllister and Helen Ross,
MARANA, Ariz. -- Here's a look at the 16 second-round matches (Nos. 32-48 overall) at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Play begins Friday at 9:20 a.m. locally (11:20 a.m. ET) at the Dove Mountain course.
JUSTIN ROSE, England vs. NICHOLAS COLSAERTS, Belgium
Match Records: Rose, 6-7; Colsaerts, 1-1
Quick Look: Colsaerts definitely had the easier first-round match in his 5-and-4 win over Bill Haas. But Rose, the big-hitting Belgian's Ryder Cup teammate, has the experience after playing in seven Accenture Match Play Championships and reaching the quarterfinals in 2007.
MATT KUCHAR, USA vs. SERGIO GARCIA, Spain
Match Records: Kuchar, 10-3; Garcia, 13-11
Quick Look: This match pits two former PLAYERS champions against each other. Both have solid history here, too, with Garcia reaching the consolation finals in 2010 and Kuchar doing the same in 2011. The American also lost to the eventual champion Hunter Mahan last year, bowing out in the quarterfinals.
TIM CLARK, South Africa vs. THORBJORN OLESEN, Denmark
Match Records: Clark, 6-7; Olesen, 1-0
Quick Look: Clark took down a very experienced opponent in Adam Scott during the first round while Olesen and the man he beat, Jamie Donaldson, were making their debuts at Dove Mountain. The only player -- besides the inaugural champ Jeff Maggert in 1999 -- to win the Accenture Match Play Championship in his first start is Geoff Ogilvy.
BO VAN PELT, USA vs. IAN POULTER, England
Match Records: Van Pelt, 2-2; Poulter, 19-9
Quick Look: Poulter is in his element, as his record suggests --- the colorful Brit has played in this tournament nine times and has reached the quarterfinals, consolation finals and championship match in three different years. Van Pelt, on the other hand, will be looking to advance to the third round for the first time in three appearances after a lopsided first-round win over John Senden.
BUBBA WATSON, USA vs. JIM FURYK, USA
Match Records: Watson, 6-3; Furyk, 11-12
Quick Look: The second-seeded Watson had a tough match against Chris Wood -- taking a 2-up lead with an eagle at the eighth hole and making four birdies over his next nine holes to preserve the victory by the same margin. Furyk, who beat Ryan Moore 4 and 2, had lost in the first round each of the last two years.
RUSSELL HENLEY, USA vs. JASON DAY, Australia
Match Records: Henley, 1-0; Day, 4-2
Quick Look: Henley pulled off quite an upset in his Accenture Match Play Championship debut as he beat Charl Schwartzel, who had finished third or better in his last four starts worldwide. Uncharted territory continues for the PGA TOUR rookie, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii, as he faces Jason Day, who has top-10s in two of his first three tournaments this year and won his first-round match for the third straight season.
HUNTER MAHAN, USA vs. RICHARD STERNE, South Africa
Match Records: Mahan, 11-4; Sterne, 1-2
Quick Look: Mahan beat the South African 4 and 3 in the first round in 2008 but both have come a long way since that match. Sterne has finished second and first in his last two European Tour starts. Mahan is this tournament's defending champion and has now won nine of his last 10 matches as he seeks to be the tournament's first repeat winner since Tiger Woods in 2003-04.
RAFAEL CABRERA BELLO, Spain vs. MARTIN KAYMER, Germany
Match Records: Cabrera Bello, 1-1; Kaymer, 10-5
Quick Look: Cabrera Bello showed a flair for the dramatic on Thursday as he came up with a clutch putt at the 18th hole to square his match with Lee Westwood and then won it with an 11-footer for birdie in sudden death. He faces an equally accomplished opponent in the second round in Martin Kaymer, who was the runner-up to Luke Donald here two years ago.
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN, South Africa vs. ROBERT GARRIGUS, USA
Match Records: Oosthuizen, 2-3; Garrigus, 1-0
Quick Look: Considering he's a No. 1 seed, Oosthuizen's record isn't overwhelming but he is ranked fifth in the world. Interestingly, he'll be looking to advance out of the second round for the first time in four starts at Dove Mountain, which is the same for the big-hitting Garrigus, who made his match play debut on Thursday and knocked of Brandon Grace.
MARCUS FRASER, Australia vs. FREDRIK JACOBSON, Sweden
Match Records: Fraser, 3-3; Jacobson, 1-0
Quick Look: Fraser survived a tight battle with the more-heralded Keegan Bradley, holing a 27-footer for birdie at the 17th hole to provide the edge he needed. ut Jacobson all but played his way into the Accenture Match Play Championship with a tie for seventh at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and tied for third at Riviera so he's certainly at the top of his game.
LUKE DONALD, England vs. SCOTT PIERCY, USA
Match Records: Donald, 17-7; Piercy 1-0
Quick Look: Donald survived the upsets of No. 1 seeds and was pleased with his first round that included six birdies. The 2011 champ could be ready to make another run.
STEVE STRICKER, USA vs. NICK WATNEY, USA
Match Records: Stricker, 13-9; Watney, 7-3
Quick Look: Two Americans dueling it out. If it means anything, Stricker is 7-2 against fellow Americans in this event. "I know it's going to be tough," Watney said.
SHANE LOWRY, Ireland vs. CARL PETTERSSON, Sweden
Match Records: Lowry, 1-0; Pettersson, 2-3
Quick Look: Having dispatched of top seed Rory McIlroy, what does Lowry do for an encore? He'll need to tidy up his card -- he had five bogeys in the first round. Pettersson, who is making his first apppearance in the Accenture Match Play Championship since 2007, also eliminated one of the game's young guns in Rickie Fowler. He had to come back Friday morning and prevailed in 19 holes.
ALEXANDER NOREN, Sweden vs. GRAEME MCDOWELL, N. Ireland
Match Records: Noren, 1-1; McDowell, 4-6
Quick Look: Noren had seven birdies in beating Dustin Johnson, which no doubt caught the attention of McDowell. "There's no such thing as an easy game in this format," said G-Mac.
CHARLES HOWELL III, USA vs. GONZALO FERNANDEZ-CASTANO, Spain
Match Records: Howell, 5-7; Fernandez-Castano 1-1.
Quick Look: Howell will need to refocus quickly after his big win over Tiger Woods. But he's been playing well this year and could continue to make some noise. Fernandez-Castano wasn't the same kind of a giant killer but he should be confident after winning two of the last three holes to beat Francesco Molinari.
WEBB SIMPSON, USA vs. PETER HANSON, Sweden
Match Records: Simpson, 1-1; Hanson, 6-5
Quick Look: These two have met in the Ryder Cup, albeit not in singles. But Simpson and his partner, Bubba Watson, came out on top. "Would be nice to get some revenge tomorrow," Hanson said. Simpson hit just six of 14 greens in the first round.