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February 22 2013

3:07 PM

Rd. 2: Colsaerts def. Rose, 4 and 2

MARANA, Ariz. -- There were a lot of red numbers posted in this match as Colsaets took down his Ryder Cup teammate. Interestingly, though, the only eagle was made by Rose, who gives up about 17 yards off the tee to Colsaerts, the No. 2-ranked player in driving distance on TOUR this year at 307 yards.

Rose drew first blood when Colsaets made his only bogey of the day at the first hole. But the Belgian evened the match with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second hole and never trailed again.

Colsaerts won three straight holes starting at No. 5 with two pars and his second birdie to take a comfortable 3-up lead. Rose then made a 14-footer for birdie at No. 9 and the 12-footer for eagle at No. 11 to get back to 1 down.

Rose made his fourth bogey of the day at No. 12, though, and Colsaerts' lead grew. He put his approach at No. 14 to 28 inches for the 3-up advantage and won the 16th with a par to end the match.

Colsaerts, who also beat Rose last year in the Volvo World Matchplay, feels his length will be an advantage this week.

"There's a couple of corners, a couple of carries I can take on, and if it works out, I have much shorter irons into greens than some of the other guys," he said. "So if I'm on, I'm going to give myself a lot of birdie tries.  Obviously match play you want to hole a few. And if that happens, you're probably going to come out on top."

SCORECARD STATS: Colsaerts made six birdies and one bogey.  Rose made four birdies, an eagle and five bogeys.

HOLES WON: Colsaerts won seven holes. Rose won three holes.
 
QUICK RECAP:
There were a lot of red numbers posted in this match as Colsaets took down his Ryder Cup teammate. Interestingly, though, the only eagle was made by Rose, who gives up about 17 yards off the tee to Colsaerts, the No. 2-ranked player in driving distance on TOUR this year at 307 yards.

Rose drew first blood when Colsaets made his only bogey of the day at the first hole. But the Belgian evened the match with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second hole and never trailed again.

Colsaerts won three straight holes starting at No. 5 with two pars and his second birdie to take a comfortable 3-up lead. Rose then made a 14-footer for birdie at No. 9 and the 12-footer for eagle at No. 11 to get back to 1 down.

Rose made his fourth bogey of the day at No. 12, though, and Colsaerts' lead grew. He put his approach at No. 14 to 28 inches for the 3-up advantage and won the 16th with a par to end the match.

NEXT OPPONENT: Matt Kuchar, who beat Sergio Garcia 2 up in the second round.

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