Round 2 match recaps from Dove Mountain

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Ian Poulter moved on to the Round of 16 with a 3 and 1 win over Bo Van Pelt.
February 22, 2013


MARANA, Ariz. -- Here are recaps from second-round matches on Friday at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship:

Simpson def. Hanson, 1 up

QUICK RECAP: Peter Hanson came into his match with Webb Simpson having won four of his last five matches at the Accenture Match Play Championship and reaching the quarterfinals last year.

The American hung tough on the back nine Friday, though, and eeked out a win when he made a 17-footer for birdie on the 18th hole. That 1-up advantage marked the only time Simpson had led in the match.

Hanson won two of the first three holes to take a 1-up advantage. Simpson then squared the match with a par at the seventh but Hanson responded by winning the eighth and 10th to carve out a 2-up advantage.

The Swede had take a drop in the desert on the par-5 11th hole and ended up conceding to Simpson there. When the reigning U.S. Open made a 14-footer for birdie at the 12th the match was square again.

Simpson had his troubles on the next par 5 and made bogey to give Hanson back the 1-up lead. But the former Wake Forest All-American squared the match with a par at the 14th hole and halved the next four with three pars and a birdie to set the stage for his heroics at No. 18.

"We went back and forth, it was almost like a boxing match, exchanging punches," said Simpson, who noted he has been sick all week. "But I had a feeling coming down the last couple holes, and we were able to hit some good shots coming in."

SCORECARD STATS: Simpson made four birdies and three bogeys. Hanson made four birdies and three bogeys. There were two other conceded holes, both resulting in Hanson wins.

HOLES WON: Simpson won six holes. Hanson won five holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who beat Charles Howell III 6 and 5

McDowell def. Noren in 20 holes

QUICK RECAP: This match was extremely well-played and it seemed somewhat fitting that neither Graeme McDowell nor Alexander Noren held more than a 1-up advantage.

The two exhanged wins with birdies on the first three holes before McDowell squared the match with a par at No. 4. The Northern Irishman won the sixth hole when he drained a 24-footer for birdie to go 1 up and held that lead until he made double bogey at the par-5 13th -- finding the greenside bunker, the desert, where he had to take a drop, and another bunker on the way to that 7.

The 2010 U.S. Open champion was able to shake off that frustration, though, when he birdied No. 14 but Noren answered with one of his own to square the match on the next hole. The Swede then rolled in a 7-footer for birdie to take just his second lead of the day at No. 17 but McDowell sent the match to extra holes with his clutch 4-footer at the 18th.

Noren got up and down from beside the green on the first extra hole to halve with McDowell who two-putted for par from 33 feet. The Northern Irishman then polished Noren off with a 7-foot birdie putt on the 20th hole after the Swede couldn't capitalize despite getting a free drop in the desert when a TV tower was in his line of sight.

SCORECARD STATS: McDowell made seven birdies and one double bogey in 20 holes. Noren made six birdies and three bogeys.

HOLES WON: McDowell won six holes. Noren won five holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Shane Lowry, who beat Carl Pettersson 6 and 5.

Stricker def. Watney in 21 holes

QUICK RECAP: After a short match in the first round, Steve Stricker needed extra holes on Friday. Three extra holes, to be exact.

Stricker, the 2001 Accenture Match Play champ, outlasted fellow American Nick Watney in 21 holes to advance to the third round for the fourth time in 11 starts in this event.

Stricker played bogey-free golf for his final 13 holes. Watney carded just two bogeys, both coming in the first three holes of the match before he ran off a string of 18 bogey-free holes.

"It was a good hard-fought match," said Stricker, who needed just 14 holes to beat David Toms in the first round. "I knew it would be tough to finish him off."

Watney was 2 down after 13 but produced four birdies in his next five holes to square the match going into the 18th hole. For the round, he hit 71 percent of his greens and 81 percent of his fairways.

After halving three consecutive holes, including the first two playoff holes, Stricker won the match at the par-3 third with a brilliant tee shot to within 6 feet. Meanwhile, Watney found the greenside bunker and pitched out to 11 feet before conceding the hole and the match.

"I feel fortunate to get through," Stricker said. "Any one of those extra holes could've gone either way."

SCORECARD STATS: Stricker carded seven birdies and one bogey. Watney carded one eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.

HOLES WON: Stricker won five holes. Watney won three holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Stricker plays Scott Piercy in the third round of the Snead bracket.

Watson def. Furyk in 22 holes

QUICK RECAP: Bubba Watson was in control for the first 10 holes, building a 3-up advantage. Jim Furyk staged a rally on the back nine, thouugh, and held steady until he couldn't get up and down the 22nd hole.

The reigning Masters champ struck quickly, winning the second with a birdie and the fourth with a par. Furyk made a 3-footer for birdie at the par-5 eighth to briefly cut into that lead but Watson got it back -- and then some -- when he won the next two holes with a par and a 20-foot birdie.

Furyk, a crowd favorite who played his college golf at nearby Arizona, won three of the next four holes with a 16-footer for birdie and two pars to even the match at the 14th hole. A birdie at the 15th hole put Watson up again but Furyk made a last-ditch 5-footer at the 18th hole to square the proceedings and extend the match. Both men had their chances in sudden death, too.

Watson missed a 5-footer on the first extra hole that would have given him the victory, then the two halved the next, the par-5 second, with birdies. Furyk couldn't convert an 11-footer at the third that would have given him the win after Watson missed the green, but the tables were turned on the 22nd hole where Furyk pitched to 23 feet and couldn't make the putt for par.

"It was a good match," Watson said. "I was up early. He made some putts, he missed some putts. And then on 18, I hit a good shot in there and he topped me, and I missed my putt.

"Struggled on 3, the third extra playoff hole, somehow made a 10-footer, 12 footer and just kind of hung on. That's all I did is I hit quality iron shots it seems like all day, but I just didn't make the putts, but somehow hung on to win."

SCORECARD STATS: Watson made four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey. Furyk made four birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey. Interestingly, the double bogeys came on the same hole so it was no harm, no foul.

HOLES WON: Watson won six holes. Furyk won five holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Jason Day, who beat Russell Henley in 19 holes.

Fernandez-Castano def. Howell, 6 and 5

QUICK RECAP: Charles Howell III knocked out Tiger Woods on Thursday. CH3 then proceeded to get knocked out by Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in Friday's second round.

Howell couldn't summon the magic that he displayed in outdueling Woods in the first round. After playing a bogey-free 4 under to beat Tiger, Howell failed to produce a birdie in a 2-over round through 13 holes.

Meanwhile, Fernandez-Castano -- who earlier in the day completed his first-round win over Francesco Molinari -- never trailed as he posted a bogey-free 5 under. He won the first two holes and was 4 up through eight. He finished off Howell with his final birdie of the day at the par-5 13th.

Fernandez-Castano has seven birdies in the first two rounds against just one bogey. He's hit 74 percent of his greens and 88 percent of his fairways.

SCORECARD STATS: Fernandez-Castano carded five birdies and no bogeys. Howell carded two bogeys and no birdies.

HOLES WON: Fernandez-Castano won five holes. Howell did not win a hole.

NEXT OPPONENT: Fernandez-Castano plays the Webb Simpson-Peter Hanson winner in the third round of the Player bracket.

Lowry def. Pettersson, 6 & 5

QUICK RECAP: Shane Lowry found it difficult to come down from the high of knocking off top overall seed Rory McIlroy in Thursday's first round. Lots of phone calls, lots of text messages and finding it difficult to sleep.

But once Friday morning arrived, Lowry refocused, eventually knocking off Carl Pettersson 6 and 5 in the second round.

Lowry has now advanced farther than any previous 64th seed has in this tournament. The previous three times that the last seed knocked off the top seed were followed by second-round losses.

"To lose in the second round is not what I want coming here this week," the Irishman said. "I wanted to go on. I feel like I could potentially do very well in this tournament."

He certainly played very well Friday, a bogey-free 5 under through his 13 holes.

Pettersson, who earlier in the day finished the completion of his first-round win over Rickie Fowler, didn't play poorly but couldn't keep up. He parred his first eight holes and found himself 3 down at that point. He dropped the ninth hole with a bogey and suffered another bogey at the 12th. He never won a hole.

SCORECARD STATS: Lowry carded five birdies and no bogeys. Pettersson carded one birdie and two bogeys.

HOLES WON: Lowry won six holes. Pettersson did not win a hole.

NEXT OPPONENT: Lowry plays the Alexander Noren-Graeme McDowell winner in the third round of the Jones bracket.

Jacobson def. Fraser, 4 and 3

QUICK RECAP: Fredrik Jacobson spent Thursday night practicing his putting in his hotel room. It lasted two hours. Maybe three.

The practice is paying off.

The 12th-seeded Jacobson posted another solid round to knock off 13th-seeded Marcus Fraser of Australia, 4 and 3, in the second round.

Jacobson reached the third round for the second time in four starts here. The last time he advanced this far, he lost to Tiger Woods. But now Woods is out and Jacobson is still alive and riding momentum of some good play recently.

"Every match is tough out there," Jacobson said. "You're just happy to sneak by and try to get through one at a time. But really excited to be in the third round."

Jacobson won the first two holes, including a birdie at the par-5 second. He stumbled with a bogey at the fourth, but won the next hole when Fraser bogeyed.

The Swede went 3 up with a birdie at the par-5 eighth. He bogeyed the 13th but posted consecutive birdies on the final two holes to close out the match.

Fraser failed to birdie a single hole Friday.

SCORECARD STATS: Jacobson carded four birdies and two bogeys. Fraser carded no birdies and two bogeys.

HOLES WON: Jacobson won six holes. Fraser won two holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Jacobson plays Robert Garrigus in the third round of the Hogan bracket.

Day def. Henley in 19 holes

QUICK RECAP: This match was a tight one with Jason Day getting to 2 up for just one hole. Otherwise, the Aussie was 1 up for eight holes and Russell Henley, who was making his Accenture Match Play Championship debut, held the same advantage for six.

Day got the edge early when he birdied the second hole. But two of his three bogeys, which came at the fifth and sixth holes, put Henley, who birdied No. 6, on top.

The two halved the eighth hole with birdies so Henley was 1 up at the turn. Day quickly turned the tide, though, when he won three straight -- starting with a birdie at the 12th, followed by a par at No. 11 and another birdie at the 13th.

That 2-up lead was short-lived, though, as Henley made a 7-footer for birdie at the 14th. The rookie, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii early this year, then made a 14-footer at the 18th hole to extend the match only to lose to Day's 9-footer on the first extra hole after missing one from 13 feet of his own.

"I think Russell only missed one green today, which was very, very frustrating on my side, because he hit it great, so that means you have to make birdie," Day said. "I just did enough today to win. He was very clutch on 18 to actually hole the putt and get it back to all square. And fortunately I hit a nice tight one into the 19th hole, and he missed his birdie putt and I holed one, which was nice.

SCORECARD STATS: Day made five birdies and three bogeys in 19 holes. Henley made four birdies and two bogeys.

HOLES WON: Day won five holes. Henley won four holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Bubba Watson, who beat Jim Furyk on the 22nd hole.

Garrigus def. Oosthuizen, 3 and 2

QUICK RECAP: Big-hitting American Robert Garrigus, a No. 9 seed, upset Louis Oosthuizen, the top seed in the Hogan bracket, 3 and 2 in the second round.

With the earlier loss of Luke Donald to Scott Piercy, all four No. 1 seeds have now been eliminated. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods lost in the first round.

Garrigus said he never felt like an underdog to Oosthuizen, despite the seeding.

"I felt like I was playing better than anybody coming in here, so whatever seed it was didn't matter," Garrigus said.

Garrigus indeed has been putting well this week, having needed just 47 puttsin the first two rounds. On Friday, he had eight birdies on his round, with four birdies putts coming between 7 and 11 feet. He now has 14 birdies through the first two rounds.

"I looked at all the guys in my bracket and I was like, 'I can beat him, I can beat him and I can beat him,' " Garrigus said. "If I'm putting well, I'm going to be hard to beat."

Garrigus won the first two hole but the match was all square through eight, as Oosthuizen played a bogey-free 2 under for the first eight holes.

But from there, Garrigus was a bogey-free 4 under in the final eight holes and Oosthuizen could not keep pace.

SCORECARD STATS: Garrigus carded eight birdies and two bogeys. Oosthuizen carded four birdies and one bogey.

HOLES WON: Garrigus won five holes. Oosthuizen won two holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Garrigus plays Fredrik Jacobson in the third round of the Hogan bracket.

Mahan def. Sterne, 4 and 3

QUICK RECAP: Defending champion Hunter Mahan, a No. 6 seed, beat Richard Sterne of South Africa, 4 and 3, in the second round.

Mahan has now won 10 of his last 11 matches at Dove Mountain dating back to 2011.

"Confidence is high," Mahan said. "I know I can play this place well, and I know I can beat anybody on any given day."

Mahan got off to a quick start Friday with birdies on his first two holes. But he lost the fifth and sixth holes. The match was all square after Mahan's second bogey of the day at the ninth hole.

But then Sterne, a 14th seed, suffered bogeys at the 10th and 11th holes, and Mahan followed that with a birdie at the par-3 12th when his tee shot landed inside of 7 feet.

Mahan then won his fourth consecutive hole at the par-5 13th when Sterne conceded a 10-1/2 foot eagle putt. That put Mahan 4 up.

"I was able to put the pressure kind of on my opponent once I got going on the back nine with the first four holes there," Mahan said. "That was obviously key and important."

SCORECARD STATS: Mahan carded four birdies, two bogeys and a had a conceded eagle. Sterne carded three birdies and three bogeys.

HOLES WON: Mahan won six holes. Sterne won two holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Mahan plays Martin Kaymer in the third round of the Player bracket.

Kaymer def. Cabrera-Bello, 2 and 1

QUICK RECAP: Martin Kaymer, who made the clinching putt in the Ryder Cup, never trailed in his match with Rafael Cabrera Bello.

He took the early lead with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 second hole but gave that back with a bogey at the fourth. The German managed to head to the back nine 2 up, though, after a birdie at the seventh and a par to the Spaniard's bogey at No. 9.

Kaymer made an 8-footer for his final birdie of the day at the 11th hole to go 3 up. Cabrera Bello did cut into Kaymer's lead at the next par 5 but the two halved the next four holes with pars to send the German to the third round for the third straight year.

Kaymer reached the championship match in 2010, losing to Luke Donald 3 and 2.

SCORECARD STATS: Kaymer made three birdies and two bogeys. Cabrera Bello made two birdies and two bogeys.

HOLES WON: Kaymer won four holes. Cabrera Bello won two holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Hunter Mahan, the defending champion, who beat Richard Sterne 4 and 3.

Poulter def. Van Pelt, 3 and 1

QUICK RECAP: England's Ian Poulter, who won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2010, looks in terrific form again at Dove Mountain after dispatching American Bo Van Pelt, 3 and 1, in the second round.

Poulter, a No. 3 seed, had a bogey-free round with six birdies and another birdie putt conceded.

"I played the type of golf that's going to be tough to beat," Poulter said. "Very pleased how I took some mistakes from yesterday and kept a very clean round."

Having taken the last six weeks off prior to this week, Poulter said he "couldn't feel any fresher or fitter."

Van Pelt, a No. 6 seed, grabbed the early lead with his second birdie of the day at the par-4 fourth. But he suffered consecutive bogeys at the sixth and seventh holes to fall 1 down.

Poulter pulled away from there. He birdied three of the next four holes to move to 4 up. Van Pelt responded by winning the next two holes, including the par-5 13th when Poulter settled for par after just coming up short of the green in two.

"Only mistake I made was I 3-putted from 100 feet," Poulter said before adding, "Shucks."

Both players birdied the par-4 15th, then Van Pelt conceded the 17th hole and the match after missing his 12-foot birdie putt.

SCORECARD STATS: Poulter carded six birdies, had another birdie putt conceded and no bogeys. Van Pelt carded six birdies and three bogeys.

HOLES WON: Poulter won six holes. Van Pelt won three holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Poulter plays Tim Clark in the third round of the Snead bracket.

Piercy def. Donald, 7 and 6

QUICK RECAP: Maybe that double bogey from the desert at the first hole set the tone for what wasn't going to be Luke Donald's day. Scott Piercy was just too strong and too fearless as he took down the top seed in the Sam Snead bracket.

Piercy was 3 up after three holes thanks to Donald's double, his own birdie and another bogey from the Englishman. Piercy holed a shot from 228 yards for an eagle at the fifh hole to go 4 up, then won the eighth and ninth with birdie putts of 25 inches and 5 feet to head to the back nine in complete command.

A final birdie, this one on a 4-foot putt, ended the proceedings at the 12th hole. Piercy's upset win over the 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship winner was the most lopsided result of the week to date.

And it was no fluke, either. Piercy, playing in just his second match at the Accenture Match Play Championship, was hitting on all cylinders. He hit 7 of 9 fairways, 11 of 12 greens in regulation and used just 17 putts.

SCORECARD STATS: Piercy made five birdies and an eagle over 12 holes. Donald made two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.

HOLES WON: Piercy won seven holes. Donald did not win any.

NEXT OPPONENT: The winner of the match between Steve Stricker and Nick Watney.

Clark def. Olesen, 3 and 2

QUICK RECAP: South African Tim Clark, a 15 seed, defeated Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, a No. 10 seed, in the second round at Dove Mountain.

All square after six holes, Clark pulled away starting at the par-4 seventh when he rolled in a 13-foot birdie putt. He followed with a birdie at the par-5 eighth while Olesen found trouble off the tee. Olesen hit a wayward approach shot at the par-4 10th and eventually conceded the hole, putting him 3 down.

Olesen bounced back, stringing together three straight birdies. But he could only win one hole.

Clark was 2 up going into the 14th and added to his advantage with a great approach shot within 5 feet. Olesen had his own birdie attempt from inside 10 feet but couldn't hole it.

Clark has now reached the third round for his third consecutive start in this event.

SCORECARD STATS: Clark carded five birdies and one bogey, Olesen carded three birdies and one bogey.

HOLES WON: Clark won five holes. Olesen won two holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Clark plays Ian Poulter in the third round of the Snead bracket.

Kuchar def. Garcia, 2 and 1

QUICK RECAP: Kuchar never trailed in this tightly contested match. At the same time, he never led by more than one hole until he made a 30-inch birdie putt on the 17th hole for the win.

After the two parred their first five holes, Garcia finally flinched and bogeyed the par-3 sixth to give Kuchar the 1-up lead. The two halved the par-5 eighth with birdies but Kuchar bogeyed No. 9 and the match was square heading into the back nine.

Kuchar made a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 11th to get back to 1 up but Garcia squared the match with an 8-footer birdie at the 13th. Kuchar finished with three birdies in his last four holes, though, winning the 14th to go 1 up and halving No. 15 before ending the proceedings with the final one at the 17th.

SCORECARD STATS: Kuchar made five birdies and one bogey. Garcia made three birdies and one bogey.

HOLES WON: Kuchar won four holes. Garcia won two holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Nicolas Colsaerts, who beat Justin Rose 4 and 2.

Colsaerts def. Rose, 4 and 2

QUICK RECAP: There were a lot of red numbers posted in this match as Colsaets took down his Ryder Cup teammate. Interestingly, though, the only eagle was made by Rose, who gives up about 17 yards off the tee to Colsaerts, the No. 2-ranked player in driving distance on TOUR this year at 307 yards.

Rose drew first blood when Colsaets made his only bogey of the day at the first hole. But the Belgian evened the match with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second hole and never trailed again.

Colsaerts won three straight holes starting at No. 5 with two pars and his second birdie to take a comfortable 3-up lead. Rose then made a 14-footer for birdie at No. 9 and the 12-footer for eagle at No. 11 to get back to 1 down.

Rose made his fourth bogey of the day at No. 12, though, and Colsaerts' lead grew. He put his approach at No. 14 to 28 inches for the 3-up advantage and won the 16th with a par to end the match.

SCORECARD STATS: Colsaerts made six birdies and one bogey. Rose made four birdies, an eagle and five bogeys.

HOLES WON: Colsaerts won seven holes. Rose won three holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Matt Kuchar, who beat Sergio Garcia 2 and 1.

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