Accenture Match Play: Day 3 match recaps
Details on all eight Friday matches
February 21, 2014
By Helen Ross and D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
Details on all eight Friday matches
MARANA, Ariz. -- Eight matches are scheduled for Friday at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. To see the bracket, click here and for individual player scorecards, click on the player names below.
BOBBY JONES BRACKET
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN, South Africa def. WEBB SIMPSON, USA, 5 and 4
Recap: In this battle of major champions, Oosthuizen won the second hole with an eagle to Simpson's birdie but the American responded by making two more at Nos. 4 and 5 to grab his only lead of the match. Oosthuizen, who came in seeded eighth to Simpson's fifth, then answered with a 19-footer for birdie at the sixth hole to square the match -- and won four of the next five, as well. Three of those came courtesy of Simpson bogeys and the other was won by a 17-footer for birdie at the 11th hole. By then, Oosthuizen was 4 up and he padded his margin with a two-putt birdie from 41 feet at the 13th hole to bring the match dormie. When Simpson couldn't hole his third shot from a greenside bunker for birdie, Oosthuizen was off to the quarterfinals.
Quotable: "I think Webb was 3 under through five holes. I was 2 under," Oosthuizen said. "Then you hit a few errant tee shots on 10 and 11, but from there I made quite a few birdies coming in. He put himself in a few tough spots off the tee, you know, to make bogeys and pars. And I just for some reason made a few putts and made a lot of birdies."
Next opponent: Jason Day
JASON DAY, Australia def. GEORGE COETZEE, South Africa, 3 and 1
Recap: Unlike in his first two matches, Day never trailed against the South African, who had finished fifth or better in his last three starts. But it wasn't a runaway. Coetzee conceded Day's 4-footer for birdie on the first hole after he missed from 64 feet and couldn't save par but the South African evened the match with a birdie on the par-5 second. The tides turned when Coetzee found the water on the next hole and Day never trailed again. He went 2 up with a birdie at No. 5 and while Coetzee twice cut into that margin he couldn't square the match as Day birdied four of his last seven holes. Day, who finished third at the Accenture last year, ran his record to 11-3.
Next Opponent: Louis Oosthuizen
BEN HOGAN BRACKET
RICKIE FOWLER, USA def. SERGIO GARCIA, USA, 1 up
Recap: Fowler stuck it to 4 feet and made a clutch birdie at the last to defeat Garcia, but it was what happened at No. 7 that will be the most memorable moment of the match. Garcia felt guilty about how long it took to take a drop at No. 6 and on the ensuing hole, he decided to clear his conscience, conceding a difficult 17-foot par putt to Fowler. Garcia held the lead all the way to No. 16, but was beaten when Fowler birdied two of his last three.
Quotable: "I don't regret it at all," Garcia said of the concession. "This is a gentleman's game and lately it hasn't felt like it's been like that. This is the way I was brought up."
Next opponent: Jim Furyk
JIM FURYK, USA def. HARRIS ENGLISH, USA, 1 up
Recap: Furyk went to school at nearby Arizona so his victory was a popular -- and hard-fought -- one. He gave English three holes early with bogeys at Nos. 2, 3 and 6. But the former U.S. Open champion was flawless over the next 11 holes, making five birdies on the way to a win that gives him a 14-13 record in 14 Accenture appearances. He won Nos. 7 and 10 with pars, then squared the match with a 9-footer for birdie at No. 12 and gained his first lead when English made bogey at No. 14. English squared the match with a birdie at No. 15 but Furyk chipped in from 30 feet at No. 16 and regained the advantage. A birdie and a par later, Furyk was off to the quarterfinals for the first time in his career.
Quotable: "I was 2 down both my Wednesday and Thursday matches early and then today found myself 3 down through 6," Furyk said. "I think I drew from the experiences the last couple of days, and really told myself I'd been in this position before and I was able to dig my way out so just to stay patient to try to put the ball in play and then switch the momentum as best I could. Harris made a bogey on 7. It was nice to get a hole back really quick and kind of get ... a little bit more under control."
Next opponent: Rickie Fowler
GARY PLAYER BRACKET
ERNIE ELS, South Africa def. JASON DUFNER, USA, 1 up
Recap: Els staved off what would have been extra holes for a third straight match when he hit a 52-degree wedge from 143 yards to 2 feet for birdie at the 18th hole. Minutes earlier, Dufner, who came in seeded fourth to No. 8 for Els, couldn't convert on a 24-footer. The American got an early lead after a birdie at the par-5 second and an Els bogey at No. 3. But Dufner handed his advantage back with bogeys on his next two holes and Els never trailed again. Still, the match was even as the two headed to the back nine before Els quickly went 2 up after Dufner drove into the brush at the 10th and he won the 12th with a par. Dufner got one back with a birdie at No. 13 and then Els' bogey at the 17th meant the match went to the decisive 18th all square.
Quotable: "I'm glad to go through," Els said. "The first couple of holes, I made some mistakes. I three-putted on 2 for par. Jason made birdie and then I made bogey on 3. I hit it in the bunker. He made par there. And then he made a couple of mistakes on 5 and 6 to give me two holes. And then we kind of played a little bit better."
Next opponent: Jordan Spieth
JORDAN SPIETH, USA def. MATT KUCHAR, USA, 2 and 1
Recap: The 20-year-old Spieth knocked off the defending Accenture champion in Kuchar, who brought a 17-3 record into their match. Spieth, who was seeded third, only trailed at the second hole when his Presidents Cup teammate made eagle. He birdied the next two to go 1 up but Kuchar, who was seeded second, squared the match at No. 5 when Spieth made bogey. Three birdies in his next four holes then put Spieth 2 up at the turn and he won the 10th with a par. But Spieth handed Kuchar, who finished third, fifth and first in his last three appearances at Dove Mountain, wins at Nos. 11 and 12 with bogeys. The margin remained 1 up until the 17th hole when Spieth drained a 11-footer for birdie after Kuchar missed from 29 feet and the Texan allowed himself a modest fist-pump to celebrate the win.
Quotable: "I knew Matt was going to play some great golf, as he always does," Spieth said. "One of the most consistent players to ever play the game of golf. It was going to be a battle today and I had to drive the ball straight and have some closer looks than his. I kind of hit it out of play and plugged it in the bunker and he made birdie and par on those holes to get back in it. But, ultimately, I had a big enough cushion just barely to pull it off."
Next opponent: Ernie Els
SAM SNEAD BRACKET
GRAEME McDOWELL, Northern Ireland def. HUNTER MAHAN, USA, 21 holes
Recap: McDowell came back from the dead for the third straight day, rolling in putt after putt to rally back from 2 down. After sticking it to 6 feet for birdie at 18 to force extra holes, McDowell saved par from 20 feet at the 20th hole to keep the match alive. On the following hole, he buried a 14-foot birdie to win. For the week, he's led zero total holes. All three matches have been won on the final hole.
Quotable: "Embarrassed is the wrong word," McDowell said. "I'm not embarrassed, but I just feel like I'm robbing these guys."
Next opponent: Victor Dubuisson
VICTOR DUBUISSON, France def. BUBBA WATSON, USA, 1 up
Recap: After putting so brilliantly on the weekend at Riviera, Watson, a 3 seed, failed to get the putter going. It wasn't pretty golf by seventh-seeded Dubuisson -- he made just two birdies and was 1 over for the day -- but he did what he had to, finishing with three straight pars to hold off Watson, who was charging after making birdies at 15 and 17.
Quotable: "We didn't play very well today, both of us," Dubuisson said. "But I managed to save some great pars to win and to stay ahead of the match."
Next opponent: Graeme McDowell