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    • Accenture Match Play: Day 2 predictions

    • We think Rory McIlroy will defeat Harris English in the second round. (Sullivan/Getty Images)We think Rory McIlroy will defeat Harris English in the second round. (Sullivan/Getty Images)

    (By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM)

    Justin Rose def. Ernie Els, 4 and 3
    Els got the job done Wednesday, but he was a little sloppy in doing so, making five bogeys along the way. Rose is getting more comfortable with each round back in competition after his injury and I don’t see him losing this one.

    Matteo Manassero def. Jason Dufner, 1 up
    This is a tough one. Dufner mounted a great comeback to rally from 3 down, but Manassero was flawless in taking down Luke Donald. With Spieth, Rickie and Matsuyama advancing, let’s call this the Year of the Kids and give this one to the 20-year-old.

    Matt Kuchar def. Ryan Moore, 19 holes
    Moore is a great match player and has as good a chance as any to snap Kuchar’s seven-win streak, especially after playing beautifully Wednesday. But with each win Kuchar gets on this golf course, his confidence grows even more.

    Jordan Spieth def. Thomas Bjorn, 3 and 2
    Spieth came out on top of a drag-out match with Larrazabal and has his match play feet back under him. Bjorn is far from a walkover, but he hasn’t been out of the first round in two years. I’m giving this one to Spieth.

    (By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM)

    Richard Sterne def. Hunter Mahan, 2 and 1
    I’ve got an upset hunch here. Mahan has been astoundingly good in match play and beaten Sterne the last two times they’ve played, but something about the way Sterne trounced Zach Johnson and played with Tiger at The Presidents Cup makes me think he’s got some revenge in him.

    Hideki Matsuyama def. Graeme McDowell, 3 and 2
    With that swing and that putting stroke, Matsuyama is for real and unfazed by big-time matches. G-Mac mounted an amazing comeback Wednesday, but I think that’s all we’ll see. The Year of the Kids continues!

    Peter Hanson def. Victor Dubuisson, 3 and 2
    Both were great Wednesday, but Hanson has a lot more rounds on this golf course than first-timer Dubuisson. We’ll trust his experience at a place where course knowledge is so important.

    Bubba Watson def. Jonas Blixt, 4 and 2
    Bubba’s obviously in great form and his length makes him so dominant on those closing holes, where birdies seem to count double. Who’s next?

    (By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM)

    Henrik Stenson def. Louis Oosthuizen, 2 and 1
    Granted, Stenson's Accenture success -- one win and a runner-up -- came at another course at Dove Mountain. But he's top-seeded this year and has advanced past the first round for the first time in four years. He looks ready for more.

    Webb Simpson def. Brandt Snedeker, 3 and 2
    Simpson, who didn't make a bogey on Thursday, has owned the practice range this week and he seems extremely focused. On the other hand, Snedeker, who has been struggling with his putter, had to rally over the final six holes and is still looking to hit his stride.

    Jason Day def. Billy Horschel, 3 and 2
    Horschel is as fiery a competitor as they come and he produced the most lopsided victory of the day in beating Jamie Donaldson 6 and 5 in the first round. But Day, who didn't made a bogey on Wednesday, has the experience and the history after finishing third at Dove Mountain last year.

    Patrick Reed def. George Coetzee, 2 and 1
    This is uncharted territory for players who beat quality opponents in the first round. Both have won already this year -- Reed at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in January and Coetzee at the Joberg Open in his last start so look for a hard-fought match.

    (By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM)

    Rory McIlroy def. Harris English, 2 and 1
    Both players are playing extremely well -- with English finishing 11th or better in three of his four starts this year and McIlroy doing the same, although his date back to December. Neither was really tested in the first round so the edge goes to the more experienced McIlroy.

    Charl Schwartzl def. Jim Furyk, 1 up
    This match between the fourth and fifth seeds should be a barn-burner. There's motivation -- neither has advanced past the second round at Dove Mountain the last three years -- but Schwartzel could have the edge in form after that tie for fifth Sunday at the Northern Trust Open.

    Bill Haas def. Sergio Garcia, 3 and 2
    Haas is looking for his second straight win over a Spaniard after disposing of Miguel Angel Jimenez 4 and 3 while Garcia, on the other hand, had a nail-biter with Marc Leishman that needed 22 holes. Haas was the steadier of the two on Wednesday, though, so he gets the upset win.

    Jimmy Walker def. Rickie Fowler, 1 up
    The temptation is to pick Fowler after he upset third-seeded Ian Poulter in the first round. But the pick goes to the FedExCup leader based on a body of work this year that includes three wins.  

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