The first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship concluded today with an assortment of great rounds of golf and upsets across the board.
First on the tee boxes and the first major upset of the day was between third-seeded and 2010 Accenture champion Ian Poulter and 14th-seeded Rickie Fowler. Fowler defeated Poulter 2 and 1 and will face six-seed Jimmy Walker tomorrow.
Also knocking out a former Accenture champion, Matteo Manassero finished off Luke Donald in 14 holes, finishing 5 and 4.
Continuing with the upset pattern, 16-seeded Richard Sterne dominated over Zach Johnson, finishing up their match in 14 holes, finishing 5 and 4.
Peter Hanson upset Dustin Johnson 4 and 3, and Steve Stricker lost to George Coetzee, finishing 3 and 1.
Tomorrow’s pairings and times are as follows:
9:20 a.m. ESP Sergio Garcia vs. USA Bill Haas
9:32 a.m. USA Rickie Fowler vs. USA Jimmy Walker
9:44 a.m. SWE Peter Hanson vs. FRA Victor Dubuisson
9:56 a.m. USA Bubba Watson vs. SWE Jonas Blixt
10:08 a.m. AUS Jason Day USA vs. Billy Horschel
10:20 a.m. RSA George Coetzee vs. USA Patrick Reed
10:32 a.m. USA Matt Kuchar vs. USA Ryan Moore
10:44 a.m. USA Jordan Spieth vs. DEN Thomas Bjorn
10:56 a.m. NIR Rory McIlroy vs. USA Harris English
11:08 a.m. RSA Charl Schwartzel vs. USA Jim Furyk
11:20 a.m. RSA Richard Sterne vs. USA Hunter Mahan
11:32 a.m. NIR Graeme McDowell vs. JPN Hideki Matsuyama
11:44 a.m. SWE Henrik Stenson vs. RSA Louis Oosthuizen
11:56 a.m. USABrandt Snedeker vs. USA Webb Simpson
12:08 p.m. ENG Justin Rose vs. RSA Ernie Els
12:20 p.m. USA Jason Dufner vs. ITA Matteo Manassero