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February 21 2013

7:56 PM

Rd. 1: Hanson def. Bjorn, 3 & 2

MARANA, Ariz. -- Sweden's Peter Hanson, a No. 5 seed, beat 12th-seeded Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, 3 and 2, in their first-round match.

Hanson will now face Webb Simpson in the second round of the Player bracket. Not bad for someone who is battling a bulging disk and would have struggled to play had his match started on Wednesday. But an extra day of rest allowed him to get treatment and exercise.

"I was just trying to focus on putting good swings on the ball and not getting too much pain in the lower back," Hanson said.

Hanson was 2 down at the turn after a bogey at the ninth hole. But he birdied the 10th and 11th holes to square the match. He then grabbed the lead with a birdie at the par-5 13th.

Bjorn, who failed to make a birdie the entire round, suffered just his second bogey of the day at the par-4 14th to fall 2 down. Hanson then birded the next hole.

To help with his back problems, he plans to continue sleeping on a firm surface he has created in his hotel room with wood planks. Or ...

"I'll probably sleep here on the paving stones," he said.

 

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