February 22 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, a No. 8 seed, defeated Italian Francesco Molinari, a No. 9 seed, 2 up in the completion of their first-round match Friday morning.
Fernandez-Castano advances to play Shane Lowry in the second round. Lowry, the last seed in the field, upset top overall seed Rory McIlroy in the first round. Last year in his first start in this event, Fernandez-Castano lost to Tiger Woods in the first round.
With the match all square through 15 holes when play was halted Thursday, Fernandez-Castano took the lead Friday when Molinari bogeyed their first hole, the par-3 16th, when play resumed.
Trailing 1 down going into the last hole, Molinari pressed the issue and suffered a final bogey.
The Spaniard played solid, with two birdies and one bogey on his card. Molinari, who has lost in the first round in three of his four starts here, had three birdies and four bogeys.