February 26 2012
MARANA, Ariz. – A few notes from Sunday’s final day at Dove Mountain …
> Hunter Mahan won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in part because of his dominance of the par-4 seventh hole, which he won every time he played it. Mahan became the first player since 2003 to win a hole every time he played it through six matches. Special mention should go out to Paul Casey, who won the 13th hole six of the seven times he played it in 2009 (36-hole final).
> Mark Wilson and Lee Westwood entered their consolation match having never played the 18th hole. They became the sixth and seventh players to play five rounds at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and never go past the 17th hole. The last player to accomplish this feat was Luke Donald last year. Sunday’s consolation match did require 18 hole, which Wilson won 1 up.
> Mahan was the first player to win a hole in the final match at the Accenture Match Play Championship, winning the sixth hole. Since 2003, only one final has seen the first hole won happen on the 6th hole or later; in 2006 the first hole won in the match between Geoff Ogilvy and Davis Love III was at the 11th hole.
> Mahan and Wilson faced off in the semifinals at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Through seven holes Mahan won four holes and Wilson won two. The two combined to win six of the first seven holes of a match, tying the highest number of holes won through seven holes since 2003 at this event (not including first round matches).