February 21 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- In a battle of two players making their World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship debuts, Thorbjorn Olesen prevailed, beating Jamie Donaldson 3 up.
The Dane never trailed in the match and only lost three holes. Olesen struck quickly, winning the fourth, fifth and sixth holes with pars, and had an early 3-up advantage when play was suspended on Wednesday.
Donaldson came back out Thursday and won the 13th hole with a 5-foot birdie but promptly gave that back with a bogey at the next. A Donaldson par at the par-5 15th narrowed Olesen's lead to 2 up but the Swede won the match when the Welshman bogeyed No. 16.
Olesen plays Tim Clark, a 2-and-1 winner over Adam Scott, in the second round.
"It was difficuly yesterday the first seven holes we played but I holed out really well ... and that was important," Olesen said. "I played solid today. ... Holed a few putts and that's what you need to do in this game."