February 24 2012
MARANA, Ariz. – Friday's third round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship has started. A total of eight matches are scheduled for the Ritz-Carlton course at Dove Mountain. We’ll have updates all day on PGATOUR.COM and we encourage your comments throughout the day. Also check out PGATOUR.COM’s LIVE@ coverage on now.
THIRD-ROUND UPDATES (All times ET)
6:28 p.m. – PGA TOUR rookie Sang-moon Bae holed a par putt of 5 feet, 7 inches to win his match with John Senden 1 up. The 25-year-old from South Korea never trailed in his match with Senden and now faces Rory McIlory in the quarterfinals.
6:10 p.m. – John Senden had already taken his hat off as he watched Sang-moon Bae standing over a 5-footer to win their match at the 17th hole. When the putt lipped out, the Aussie put his cap back on his head and headed to the 18th tee 1 down.
6:08 p.m. -- Peter Hanson says he's a bit like his quarterfinal opponent, Lee Westwood, in that they both "ease" into tournaments and try to be ready "when it matters Sunday afternoon." Match play, though, is a "sprint," the Swede says, so he’s been cranking up the volume on his satellite radio to get ready.
6:01 p.m. – Sang-moon Bae is leading his match with John Senden again after the Aussie missed the green at the par-3 16th, chipped well short and couldn’t convert a 31-footer to save par.
5:56 p.m. -- Rory McIlroy closed out his match with a flourish, hitting his approach to 4 feet at the 17th hole for the 3 and 1 win over Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Spaniard conceded the birdie putt when he was unable to hole his shot from off the green.
5:45 p.m. – John Senden two-putted the drivable 15th hole from 50 feet to even his match with Sang-moon Baa.
5:23 p.m. – The determined Sang-moon Bae got up and down from a bunker beside the green at the par-5 13th, sinking a 4-footer for birdie, to go 1 up in his match with John Senden.
5:20 p.m. -- Classic quip: Lee Westwood when asked where the Golf Channel had him projected in this week's bracket: "On the BA 289 Thursday night." In other words, on an airplane after an early exit.
5:15 p.m. – Martin Laird, who makes his U.S. base in Scottsdale, which is about 90 minutes from Dove Mountain, won the battle for Scotland when he beat Paul Lawrie 3 up. Laird hasn’t trailed since the fourth hole on Wednesday, a stretch of 48 holes.
5:07 p.m. – Hunter Mahan on his quarterfinal opponent, Matt Kuchar: “Never seems to get that angry on the golf course, just kind of ho-hums it and he just kind of laughs and smiles while he's stepping on your heart, so it's pretty funny to be around a guy like that.”
5:04 p.m. – Mark Wilson, who won the Humana Championship last month, has eliminated Dustin Johnson for the second straight year with a 4-and-3 decision. Wilson won four of his first six holes, then hung tough the rest of the way, making birdie on three of his last four holes to seal the win.
4:58 p.m. – Peter Hanson advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in five appearances when he beat Brandt Snedeker 5 and 3. The American had closed to 1 down through 10 but he lost four of his next five holes to four Hansen birdies, the last which was conceded.
4:46 p.m. – Top-seeded Lee Westwood closed out Nick Watney on the 16th hole, taking a 3-and-2 decision. The Englishman, who had never gotten out of the second round in 12 appearances before Thursday, still hasn’t trailed in a match this week.
4:38 p.m. – John Senden squared his match with Sang-moon Bae with consecutive birdies at the seventh and eighth holes. They are playing the 11th hole now in the tightest match of the day.
4:25 p.m. – Miguel Angel Jimenez has gotten one back from Rory McIlroy after the Northern Irishman hit his drive into the desert, took a drop and played out nearly sideways on the 11th hole. Jimenez is 2 down.
4:16 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan became the second American to reach the quarterfinals when he dusted Steve Stricker, who is ranked No. 5 in the world, by a 4 and 3 margin. Mahan, who made nine birdies in 15 holes on Friday, will play Kuchar on Saturday morning.
4:15 p.m. – Matt Kuchar’s match may have ended early but he decided to go ahead and play his last three holes.
4:09 p.m. – Scotland’s Paul Lawrie missed a 6-footer to save par at the 12th hole so now he finds himself 3 down to his countryman, Martin Laird.
4:05 p.m. – Matt Kuchar picks up the first victory, beating Martin Kaymer 4 and 3. Kaymer had a 9-footer for birdie at the 15th hole that would have extended the match but the ball slid under the hole.
4:03 p.m. – Peter Hanson put the brakes on Brandt Snedeker’s comeback at the 13th hole when he chipped to 3 feet for birdie. Snedeker missed from 15 feet so the Swede is back to 2 up.
3:53 p.m. – Another player on a birdie binge is Hunter Mahan. He’s poured in three straight – including a 54-footer at the par-3 12th to take a commanding 5 up advantage over Steve Stricker.
3:46 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker just made it three straight with a 28-footer for birdie at the 10th hole. He’s only 1 down to Peter Hanson now and they’re playing a par 5.
3:41 p.m. – Matt Kuchar two-putted from 16 feet just off the 13th green and his fifth birdie of the day has given the American a 4-up lead over world No. 4 Martin Kaymer.
3:34 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker has mounted a comeback against Peter Hanson. He rolled in a 5-footer for his second straight birdie at the ninth hole and is now just 2 down.
3:29 p.m. – Rory McIlroy left himself a tap-in from a foot for birdie at the seventh hole to go 2 up on Miguel Angel Jimenez.
3:25 p.m. – A brilliant approach that settled 19 inches from the pin put Lee Westwood 4 up in his match with Nick Watney after the American couldn’t convert a 20-footer for birdie at the 10th hole.
3:21 p.m. – PGA TOUR rookie Sang-moon Bae continues to impress. He’s 2 up on John Senden after the Aussie bogeyed the fifth hole.
3:16 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker made an 11-footer for birdie at the eighth hole to cut into Peter Hansen’s lead. The Swede still leads 3 up, though.
3:11 p.m. – Lee Westwood takes a 3-up advantage to the back nine after Nick Watney is unable to get up and down from the right side of the green at the ninth hole.
3:04 p.m. – Dustin Johnson has just bogeyed the fifth and sixth holes to fall 2 down to Mark Wilson. Johnson has only hit 2 of 6 greens in regulation and 1 of 5 fairways in the early going.
2:59 p.m. – Steve Stricker won the ninth hole with a par after Hunter Mahan three-putted and heads to the back nine 2 down.
2:54 p.m. – A 17-footer for birdie at the 10th hole has given Matt Kuchar a 3-up advantage over Martin Kaymer. The German was second a year ago while Kuchar finished third.
2:47 p.m. – Peter Hanson keeps pouring it on. He’s 4 up on Brandt Snedeker after rolling in an 8-foot birdie putt at the sixth. And Hunter Mahan is nearly as hot. He’s won his fourth hole against Steve Stricker and is now 3 up. Mahan has now birdied the two par-5s on the front nine in all three rounds.
2:37 p.m. – Mark Wilson has won the last two holes and is 2 up on Dustin Johnson. Johnson conceded the fourth hole when he missed the green with his second shot and hit two poor chip shots that rolled back to him.
2:22 p.m. – Martin Laird is 2 up through four holes in his battle against fellow Scot Paul Lawrie. It’s the first time in Accenture Match Play history that two Scots have gone head-to-head.
2:12 p.m. – Peter Hanson rolled in a 27-1/2 foot birdie putt at the third. He’s 3 up on Brandt Snedeker.
2:16 p.m. – At the par-5 second, Dustin Johnson’s tee shot went 283 yards and landed in a fairway bunker. Mark Wilson’s tee shot went 284 yards and landed in a fairway bunker. Johnson ranks seventh on the PGA TOUR in driving distance; Wilson’s tied for 159th. Both players made par on the hole.
2:03 p.m. – Sweden’s Peter Hanson has birdied the first two holes in his match against Brandt Snedeker. Hanson has played his last 19 holes in a bogey-free 5 under.
1:49 p.m. – Hunter Mahan’s off to a quick start in his match against fellow American Steve Stricker. Mahan birdied the second and third holes to go 2 up (he almost aced the par-3 third), although Stricker answered with a birdie at the fourth hole. Mahan’s now 1 up.
1:41 p.m. – Lee Westwood has gotten up and down from the collar of the second green for another birdie to go 2 up on Nick Watney.
1:28 p.m. – Lee Westwood, who could return to No. 1 in the world with a win on Sunday, has drawn first blood in his match with Nick Watney, rolling in an 8-footer for birdie to win the first hole.
1:15 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, who ranks fourth in the world, has birdied his first two holes to take a 1 up advantage over Matt Kuchar. He had to make a 29-footer at No. 1 to halve with Kuchar, who hit his approach to 21 inches.
Noon -- About 40 minutes before Martin Kaymer and Matt Kuchar teed off in the opening match, the tournament honored the military at a special ceremony behind the clubhouse. Closing the festivities, which featured a color guard and a performance of the national anthem, was a flyover by two planes from the Navy Squadron VFA-86 out of NAS Lemoore.