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February 23 2011

6:12 PM

Hourly update: Donald closing in on win

MARANA, Ariz. – Luke Donald is making short work of Charley Hoffman in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The Englishman has won three holes with birdies and another three with pars as Hoffman has made two bogeys and one double  bogey. The two have just made the turn.

Another potential upset is brewing with Ryan Palmer leading Jim Furyk 2 up through nine holes. J.B. Holmes, who made the field on Tuesday when Tim Clark withdrew, is 2 up on Camilo Villegas after 10 holes.

Ernie Els has made quite a rally against Jeff Overton. The American won the first three holes with birdies but Els has just won four straight holes to take a 1 up lead at the 10th.

The match between Stewart Cink and defending champion Ian Poulter is living up to advance billing. Cink, who has a 21-11 record at the Accenture Match Play Championship, has just birdied the par-5 13th to get back to 1 down.

Italian teen sensation Matteo Manassero has drawn first blood against Steve Stricker, too. He birdied the fourth hole and is 1 up through five holes.

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