February 25 2012
MARANA, Ariz. – Saturday's quarterfinal round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship has started. A total of four 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.
QUARTERFINAL UPDATES (All times ET)
5:53 p.m. – Lee Westwood or Rory McIlroy could take over world No. 1 should they go on to win on Sunday. Westwood isn’t concerned with anything but his semifinal, though, telling PGA TOUR Radio: “The winner of that match gets to play in the finals with a chance to win the tournament. That’s all I should be thinking about.”
5:49 p.m. -- Lee Westwood has beaten Martin Laird 4 and 2 to set up a semifinal match with world No. 2 Rory McIlroy. Laird conceded Westwood’s 2-footer for par at the 16th hole after the he was unable to save from 11 feet.
5:37 p.m. – Lee Westwood and Martin Laird halved the 15th hole with birdies so that match is dormie. The Englishman, ranked No. 2 in the world, is 3 up with three holes remaining.
5:32 p.m. -- Rory McIlroy has beaten an extremely game Sang-moon Bae 4 and 2. McIlroy hit his tee shot at the par-3 16th 51 feet from the pin while Bae found the greenside bunker. McIlroy put his second 23 inches from the pin and when Bae couldn’t hole his bunker shot, he conceded.
5:28 p.m. – Lee Westwood has gone 3 up with four holes remaining in his match with Martin Laird. The Scotsman conceded after leaving his second shot in a greenside bunker and blasting out to 5 feet for a potential par. Westwood, meanwhile, had driven just in front of the green, 22 feet from the pin.
5:25 p.m. – Rory McIlroy played another brilliant chip at the 15th hole to 3 feet for a birdie that lifted him to 3 up on Sang-moon Bae with three holes remaining. Bae also missed the green at the driveable par 4 but was unsuccessful on the ensuing 23-footer for birdie.
5:12 p.m. -- Sang-moon Bae had a shot to cut into Rory McIlroy's lead at the 14th hole after the Northern Irishman missed a 9-footer for birdie. But Bae was unable to convert his own 8-footer so the margin remains 2 up in McIlroy's favor.
5:10 p.m. -- After a 358-yard drive at the par-5 13th hole, Martin Laird put his second shot to 14 feet for eagle. He couldn’t convert the golden opportunity, though, and Westwood got up and down from in front of the green to halve, making the 7-footer for birdie to stay 2 up.
5:03 p.m. -- Sang-moon Bae, whose tee shot at the 13th settled under the lip of the right fairway bunker and his second veered into the desert, was beside the green looking at a chip to save par when Rory McIlroy blasted out of a greenside bunker to 22 inches for a tap-in birdie. Bae conceded and McIlory is now 2 up.
4:49 p.m. – Martin Laird cut into Lee Westwood’s lead when he got up and down from just in front of the green at the par-5 11th for birdie. Westwood, who three-putted for par from 61 feet, is now 2 p.
4:45 p.m. – Hunter Mahan has three TOUR wins, including the 2010 World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational. His semifinal foe, Mark Wilson, won his fifth last month at the Humana Challenge. A win this week would give Wilson more PGA TOUR victories (four) than any other player in 2011-2012.
4:36 p.m. – Rory McIlroy hit his second shot just shy of the green at the 11th hole and his third to 8 inches at the par-5 12th to go 1 up on San Moon Bae. The South Korean missed a 30-foot birdie putt there.
4:33 p.m. – Lee Westwood continues to take advantage of Martin Laird’s mistakes and is 3 up now after making par from the desert at the 10th hole. Laird’s tee shot there lodged under a scrub bush and he had to chip out backwards. The Scotsman put his third shot from 199 yards to 5 feet but missed the putt to halve.
4:30 p.m. – Mark Wilson has yet to play the 17th or 18th holes in his four rounds this week. Luke Donald (2011) and Tiger Woods (2003) are the only players to win the Accenture Match Play Championship without playing the 18th hole. No player has won without playing the last two holes all week.
4:18 p.m. – Martin Laird continues to struggle with his swing and Lee Westwood took advantage to win for the third time in the last four holes. Laird missed the ninth green to the left, chipped on and missed a 21-footer to save par after the Brit put his 24-footer for birdie to tap-in distance for the 2 up lead.
4:16 p.m. – Sang-moon Bae has squared his match with Rory McIlroy, who had to take a drop from what the locals call a kettle bush and ended up two-putting from 38-feet for bogey at the 10th hole.
4:09 p.m. – Interesting stat on NBC just now – Rory McIlroy has played the back nine even par while Bae is 7 under.
4:01 p.m. – Neither Martin Laird nor Lee Westwood played the par-5 eighth hole particularly well. But Laird stopped the bleeding when he put his fourth shot on the green and made the 6-footer to save par and halve the hole with the Englishman.
3:49 p.m. – Lee Westwood rolled in a 14-footer for birdie, his second of the day, at the seventh hole to take his first lead against Martin Laird, who has battled errant tee shots on the last two holes.
3:46 p.m. – Rory McIlroy’s third birdie of the day has given him a 1-up advantage over Sang Moon Bar after eight holes. The Northern Irishman chipped on at the par 5 and made a 5-footer after Bae put his third shot just over the green and was unable to hole his 33-footer.
3:41 p.m. – Peter Hanson, who only hit 5 of 12 fairways on Saturday, had this to say to PGA TOUR Radio’s Frad Albers. “I am pretty disappointed. I played pretty bad. My solid game off the tee was gone today. Mark played steady and I gave him around 10 and 11.”
3:39 p.m. – Mark Wilson, who now plays Hunter Mahan in the semifinals., talked to PGA TOUR Radio after his win. “We both played pretty well on the front nine. He gave me a couple of holes at the turn and I just took advantage of it. ... It's nice to make that (putt) to win the match.”
3:33 p.m. -- Mark Wilson rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 15th hole to beat Peter Hanson 4 and 3 to reach the semifinals for the first time in is career. Hanson drove the green at the 333-yard 15th hole but he couldn't convert a 68-footer for eagle.
3:30 p.m. – Lee Westwood saved par from the lone greenside bunker at the par-3 sixth hole to square his match with Martin Laird, who hit his tee shot against the hospitality tent and chipped long across the green.
3:24 p.m. – Mark Wilson has gone 4 up with four holes remaining after Peter Hanson bogeyed the 14th hole. The Swede hit his second shot into the greenside bunker, then blasted out and missed the 16-footer to save par.
3:22 p.m. – Hunter Mahan's 6-and-5 win is the most lopsided quarterfinal win in Match Play history.
3:19 p.m. – Hunter Mahan told PGA TOUR Radio: “He's a great player and a great putter. I just got lucky today.” Kuchar counted: “Hunter was steady. He sure was. He played great all week. I don't know what happened there with the putting. .. So untypical for me."
3:18 p.m. -- PGA TOUR Radio's John Maginnes on Hunter Mahan's stress-free 6 and 5 win over Matt Kuchar: "That's like getting a fourth-round bye."
3:15 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan has just polished off Matt Kuchar by a lopsided 6-and-5 margin at the 13th hole. Kuchar, who finished third at Dove Mountain a year ago, chipped to 5 inches for a conceded birdie at the par 5 but Mahan made his own 3-footer to win
3:08 p.m. – Mark Wilson has gone 3 up at the final par 5, chipping to 3 feet for birdie as Peter Hanson finds the fairway bunker, then a greenside bunker and chips over the 13th green. The Swede makes his 7-footer to save par but Wilson had no problem with the birdie putt.
2:54 p.m. – Sang-moon Bae poured in a birdie from outside 13 feet. Rory McIlroy followed by making his 11-foot birdie putt, with the ball circling the lip of the cup before dropping in.
2:42 p.m. – Rory McIlroy found the water with his tee shot at the par-3 third. Meanwhile, Sang-moon Bae hit a nice tee shot to 18 feet. McIlroy eventually conceded the hole; that match is all square.
2:40 p.m. – Peter Hanson suffers his second consecutive bogey, this time at the par-5 11th, and is now 2 down to Mark Wilson.
2:35 p.m. – Matt Kuchar continues to have his problems. He bogeyed the par-4 10th after missing the green with his approach shot and failing to convert a 7-foot par putt. He’s now 6 down to Hunter Mahan. Kuchar has five bogeys in his first 10 holes.
2:31 p.m. – Martin Laird makes a 7-1/2 foot birdie putt to win the first hole. Lee Westwood now trails for the first time all week on the 50th hole he’s played.
2:20 p.m. -- Lee Westwood and Martin Laird have just teed off to start the final match of the day. Laird has hit 75 percent of his greens in regulation this week; Westwood is at 73.5 percent. Only Peter Hanson (77.4 percent) has a better percentage among the final eight.
2:19 p.m. – Hunter Mahan just used his second-straight birdie to go 5 up on Matt Kuchar at the ninth hole. Mahan made a 20-footer for the win after halving the par-5 eighth with a birdie.
2:17 p.m. – Mark Wilson won the 10th hole with a par after Peter Hanson found his tee shot in a prickly shrub and had to hit out sideways. So the match is all square again.
2:16 p.m. – Rory McIlroy wasted little time asserting himself, rolling in an 8-footer for birdie to win the first hole. Sang-moon Bae was safely on the green in two but he left himself a 32-foot birdie putt that went 5 feet by the hole.
2:10 p.m. – Peter Hanson has squared his match as he and Mark Wilson head to the back nine. Hanson made a 3-footer for birdie at No. 9 after Wilson missed one from 15 feet.
2:07 p.m. – In case you were wondering, the youngest winner in Accenture history is Tiger Woods, who was 27 days, 2 months and 2 days old when he won in 2003.
2:05 p.m. -- Rory McIlroy and Sang-moon Bae have just teed off to start their match. Of the eight players left in the tournament, these two are the youngest -- McIlroy is 22; Bae is 25
1:52 p.m. – Mark Wilson has birdied both par 5s on the front nine and he’s back to 1 up in his match with Peter Hanson. Wilson made a 13-footer at the eighth after Hanson was unable to convert from 20.
1:48 p.m. – Matt Kuchar’s fourth bogey has given Hunter Mahan at 4 up advantage at the seventh hole. Kuchar three-putted from 39 feet, missing a 7-footer to save par.
1:34 p.m. – Hunter Mahan continues to roll. Interestingly, he’s 3 up but has yet to make a birdie. Neither has Kuchar, but he just gave the par-3 sixth to Mahan with his third bogey of the day.
1:24 p.m. – Hunter Mahan owns a 2-up lead after Matt Kuchar three-putted the fifth hole from 53 feet, missing the 6-footer to save par.
1:20 p.m. – Peter Hanson has squared his match with Mark Wilson with a par to the American’s bogey at the par-3 sixth. Both players missed the green and Wilson couldn’t convert from 9 feet while the Swede made his from 8 feet.
1:09 p.m. – Matt Kuchar has a chance to win the fourth hole but he missed a 12-footer for birdie. Hunter Mahan was in the back bunker but he blasted out and made the 6-footer to save and halve the hole.
1:01 p.m. – Peter Hanson and Mark Wilson halved the fourth hole with two-putt pars from 21 and 17 feet, respectively.
12:59 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan has gone 1 up at the third hole after Matt Kuchar hit his tee shot into the water. Mahan putted his 35-footer to tap-in distance for the win.
12:48 p.m. – Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan halved the par-5 second hole with pars. Kuchar two-putted from 6 feet – missing his birdie by 6 inches -- while Mahan did the same from 48 feet, making a 5-footer for the save.
12:44 p.m. – Mark Wilson remains 1 up after getting up-and-down from the greenside bunker at the third hole, draining a 7-footer to save. Hanson missed the green to the right there and made his own 4-footer for par.
12:34 p.m. – Mark Wilson missed a 10-footer for eagle at the second hole but his tap-in birdie matched Hanson’s from 6 feet as the Swede got up and down from beside the green on the 568-yard par 5.
12:30 p.m. – Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan both had birdie putts on the first nine, from 35 and 15 feet, respectively. Neither converted, though, so the hole was halved with pars.
12:25 p.m. – The first two quarterfinals will likely be on the back nine when top-seeded Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood tee off in their respective bouts. McIlroy faces Sang-moon Bae at 2:05 p.m. ET and Westwood takes on Martin Laird 15 minutes later. The decision was made to space out the action throughout the day.
12:20 p.m. -- Americans Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan have just teed off in the second match. That means the U.S. is assured of having a player in the semifinal for the second straight year. The only time in Accenture history that there hasn’t been at least one American in the semifinals is 2010.
12:18 p.m. – Mark Wilson has won the first hole of the quarterfinals, making a 5-footer for par after both he and Hanson missed the green. The Swede missed an 8-footer to save.
12:05 p.m. -- Peter Hanson and Mark Wilson have just teed off in the opening match of the day. Each player has played just 47 holes in the first three rounds, fewest of any of the eight remaining competitors. And Hanson has yet to trail at any point this week.
Noon – Another chamber of commerce day is on tap here in the Arizona desert with sunny skies and a high in the upper 70s. The winds will be from the south to southeast at 5-10 mph until midafternoon at which time they’ll shirt to the west-northwest at 10 mph.