Accenture Match Play Championship 2012: Hunter Mahan Defeats Rory McIlroy To Take Title

The 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship featured 64 of the top 66 golf talents in the world. In the end, Hunter Mahan took home the trophy and the title.

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WGC-Accenture Match Play 2012 Results: Hunter Mahan Wins Match Play Championship

The 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship came to an end on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Gold Course at Dove Mountain in Arizona. The semifinals and the finals were played on Sunday and when all was said and done, Hunter Mahan emerged triumphant, defeating Rory McIroy to take home the championship.

Mahan bested his semifinal opponent Mark Wilson in the morning by a score of 2-and-1 to advance to the final. McIlroy likewise dispatched Lee Westwood in the other semifinal, which pitted the last two remaining No. 1 seeds against one another. McIlroy made it to the final by knocking out Westwood on a score of 3-and-1. Westwood then took on Wilson for third place, where Wilson claimed the bronze by going 1-up during their round.

In the final between Mahan and McIlroy, Mahan went 3-up in the front nine and held on for the win and the title on a final score of 2-and-1.

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WGC-Accenture Match Play 2012: Tee Times, Matches And More

The 2012 WGC-Accenture is heading into the semifinals with two of the No. 1 seeds going head-to-head. Rory McIlroy knocked out Sang-Moon Bae and Lee Westwood defeated Martin Laird on Saturday to advance to the penultimate round. The other semifinal will pit Mark Wilson against Hunter Mahan.

The matches will be televised nationally on NBC from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET. Here are the tee times for Sunday's semifinal matches. All times are local.

Ritz-Carlton GC, Dove Mountain Tee #1

7:05 a.m.: Mark Wilson vs. Hunter Mahan
7:20 a.m.: Rory McIlroy vs. Lee Westwood

Should be an exciting showdown regardless of the outcome.

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WGC-Accenture Match Play 2012: Scores And Recap

The semifinals are now set for the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play knockout tournament. On Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course at Dove Mountain in Arizona, the eight quarterfinalists engaged in some heated matchups. When the smoke cleared, the semifinals were set; one of which will pit the last two remaining No. 1 seeds against one another.

The Gary Player bracket came down to the first quarterfinal match, between No. 1 seed Rory McIroy and No. 11 seed Sang-Moon Bae. McIroy advanced to the semifinals by defeating Bae, three holes to two.

That was the same score by which No. 1 seed Lee Westwood advanced past No. 10 seed Martin Laird in the Sam Snead bracket.

In the final match in the Ben Hogan bracket, No. 6 seed Hunter Mahan knocked off No. 4 seed Matt Kuchar by winning six holes to Kuchar's five in 13 holes. Kuchar bogeyed on holes 3, 5, 7 and 10 while Mahan made par on all four.

Meanwhile, in the Bobby Jones bracket, No. 10 seed Mark Wilson advanced past No. 9 seed Peter Hanson. Wilson took five holes to three through 15. Hanson got off to a rough start right away with a bogey on the first hole, a par-4. He settled down after that and the two men matched one another for the next nine holes. They stepped to the 10th tee tied at 2-2 before Hanson bogeyed on back-to-back holes on 10 and 11 while Wilson made par on both. A bogey by Hanson on hole 14 sealed the win for Wilson.

Wilson and Mahan will face off on Sunday, as will Westwood and McIroy.

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WGC-Accenture Match Play 2012: Tee Times, Matches And More

The 2012 Accenture Match Play tournament in Arizona has been anything but dull. There was no shortage of talent throughout the bracketed knockout event, but the star-studded affair has now been narrowed down to eight quarterfinalists, who will pair off and go head-to-head on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course at Dove Mountain.

Of the four No. 1 seeds, only Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood remain. Tiger Woods is long gone, as are Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and 54 others. Things should only get more interesting as the weekend kicks off with the final rounds.

Here are Saturday's pairings and tee times. All times are local (MT). The event will be televised nationally on NBC from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET.

Ritz-Carlton GC, Dove Mountain Tee #1

10:05 a.m.: Peter Hanson vs. Mark Wilson
10:20 a.m.: Matt Kuchar vs. Hunter Mahan
12:05 p.m.: Rory McIlroy vs. Sang-Moon Bae
12:20 p.m.: Lee Westwood vs. Martin Laird

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WGC-Accenture Match Play 2012: Scores And Recap

The 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play knockout tournament has wrapped up its third round. In the four brackets, only two No. 1 seeds now remain. Play began with 64 of the 66 top-ranked golfers in the world, but after play on Friday, the field has been narrowed down to just eight players.

Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy are the only No. 1 seeds who have made it into the quarterfinals. Westwood knocked out his Friday opponent, Nick Watney, on a score of 3 and 2 to advance. He will face Martin Laird on Saturday. McIlroy advanced by defeating Miguel Angel Jiminez with a score of 3 and 1. He will face Sang-Moon Bae in his quarterfinal match.

Bae, an 11th seed, advanced by defeating John Senden in an upset, by going 1 up. Laird knocked out Paul Lawrie on a score of 3 and 1. Mark Wilson advanced past Dustin Johnson on 5 and 3. His opponent on Saturday will be Peter Hanson, who knocked out Brandt Snedeker on a score of 5 and 3.

The final match on Saturday will be Matt Kuchar taking on Hunter Mahan. Kuchar defeated Martin Kaymer, 4 and 3, while Mahan won out over Steve Stricker, also 4 and 3.

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2012 Accenture Match Play Championship: Third Round Tee Times, Matches, TV Schedule

The Match Play Championship in Tucson is down to the final 16, and Tiger Woods is out. That automatically makes things less intriguing, but now the field is wide open. So on Friday the third round begins, now with only four players per bracket.

TV coverage can be found on the Golf Channel from 12-4 MST (Arizona time).

Here are the matchups and tee times(all Mountain time) for the third round:

Hogan Bracket:

Martin Kaymer (1) vs. Matt Kuchar (4), 10:50 AM

Steve Stricker (2) vs. Hunter Mahan (6), 11:02 AM

Snead Bracket:

Lee Westwood (1) vs. Nick Watney (4), 11:14 AM

Martin Laird (10) vs. Paul Lawrie (11), 11:26 AM

Jones Bracket:

Peter Hanson (9) vs. Brandt Snedeker (5), 11:38 AM

Mark Wilson (10) vs. Dustin Johnson (3), 11:50 AM

Player Bracket:

Rory McElroy (1) vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (13), 12:02 PM

John Senden (10) vs. Sang-moon Bae (11), 12:14 PM

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Tiger Woods Eliminated From Accenture Match Play Championship By Nick Watney

Tiger Woods was done in by his putter once more.

Woods missed a six foot putt on the 18th hole that would have sent the match to an extra hole, and Nick Watney moved on, winning the match one-up.

Tiger's putting was the main culprit today. Tiger missed a five-footer on the 14th hole to blow a chance to win the hole, pushed a birdie to the right on the 13th, missed a bogey putt in the 10th hole to fall behind by one. He also pushed a putt to the left on the first hole, missed a six-foot putt on par on the 7th hole. Those putts were the issue that killed him.

Check out a full live update of Tiger's whole round against Watney from USA Today.

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2012 Accenture Match Play Championship: Second Round Tee Times, Matches, TV Schedule

After a wild Wednesday that saw No. 1 in the world Luke Donald fall and Tiger Woods's clinching his victory on the 18th green, Thursday at the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club- Dove Mountain is setting up to have just as much excitement.

The field's been cut to 32 players in the second round, and has a number of intriguing matchups to keep an eye on. Tiger Woods takes on Nick Watney in the Sam Snead bracket, teeing off at 1:37 p.m. MT, while Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy takes on Anders Hansen starting at 2:13 p.m. over in the Gary Player bracket. Martin Kymer faces off against David Toms in the Ben Hogan bracket starting at 1:01 p.m. while Dustin John takes on Italian Francesco Molinari at 12:25 p.m. in the Bobby Jones bracket.

Coverage can be found on the Golf Channel from 12-4 p.m. MT.

Full tee times below. All times MT.

Bobby Jones Bracket
Mark Wilson (10) vs. Robert Rock (15), 12:13 p.m.
Dustin Johnson (3) vs. Francesco Molinari (11), 12:25 p.m.
Peter Hanson (9) vs. Ernie Els (16), 1:49 p.m.
Brandt Snedeker (5) vs. Kyle Stanley (13), 2:01 p.m.

Ben Hogan Bracket
Steve Stricker (2) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (7), 11:25 a.m.
Hunter Mahan (6) vs. YE Yang (14), 11:37 a.m.
Martin Kaymer (1) vs. David Toms (8), 1:01 p.m.
Matt Kuchar (4) vs. Bubba Watson (5), 1:13 p.m.

Gary Player Bracket
Jason Day (2) vs. John Senden (10), 12:37 p.m.
Charl Schwartzel (3) vs. Sang-moon Bae (11), 12:49 p.m.
Rory McIlroy (1) vs. Anders Hansen (9), 2:13 p.m.
Keegan Bradley (5) vs. Miguel A. Jimenez (13), 2:25 p.m.

Sam Snead Bracket
Martin Laird (10) vs. Matteo Manassero (15), 11:49 a.m.
Paul Lawrie (11) vs. Ryo Ishikawa (14), 12:01 p.m.
Lee Westwood (1) vs. Robert Karlsson (8), 1:25 p.m.
Nick Watney (4) vs. Tiger Woods (5), 1:37 p.m.

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Tiger Woods Wins On Final Putt On 18 To Advance In World Match Play Championship

Tiger Woods was struggling to stay alive in the first round of the 2012 World Match Play Championship. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was leading late through 14 holes. But then Woods nailed a birdie on 15th while Fernandez-Castano missed his, leading to a tie going into the final three holes. Fernandez-Castano then missed the green on the par-3 16th hole, and Tiger took a one-up lead going into the final two holes.

On 17, both Tiger and Fernandez-Castano miss their bids (particularly Woods, who misses an eight-foot birdie that would've ended the match). After Woods made a terrible approach shot into the rough and was stuck with a par putt, Fernandez-Castano missed his birdie putt, leading Woods to nail his par putt and move on, winning one-up.

For a more extensive report on Tiger's round, check out the excellent report by Tom Weir of USA Today.

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Accenture Match Play Championship, Round One Update: Tiger Woods One Down Through 12, Adam Scott Upset Early

Things are already starting to shake down during round one of the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Dove Mountain at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, AZ as top ranked golfers have fallen already, while others fight to stay alive, like former No. 1 in the world Tiger Woods.

Woods is currently one down with six to play to Spain's Gonzalo Fdez-Castano in the Sam Snead bracket, while Adam Scott has already lost his match to Englishman Robert Rock, coming into the event as the No. 2 seed in the Bobby jones bracket.

Other notable matches already complete are Dustin Johnson's victory over Jim Furyk in the Jones bracket, a match that needed 20 holes to decide a winner, Steve Stricker took out Kevin Na over in the Ben Hogan bracket 2 and 1, Nick Watney beat Darren Clarke 5 and 4 in the Snead bracket, while Italian Matteo Manassero upset Webb Simpson in the Snead bracket as well.

Full tournament bracket can be found here.

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Tiger Woods Headlines Accenture Match Play Championship Contenders: Bracket, Tee Times, TV Schedule

For those of you unfamiliar with the Match Play Championship, it works very similar to March Madness. Golfers play each other in pairings based on seeding, with the top golfer facing the last golfer in the field, the second best golfer facing the 63rd, and so on and so forth. They'll play each other in six rounds, eliminating each other by playing the better round of golf on each day. The format is currently a five-day, six-match tournament starting on Wednesday, with a match per day for the first four days. The semifinals, third-place match and final are played on Sunday.

Here's the TV schedule.

Wednesday: 10 am – 4 pm MT (Golf Channel)
Thursday: 12 – 4 pm MT (Golf Channel)
Friday: 12 – 4 pm MT (Golf Channel)
Saturday: 10 am – 12 pm MT (Golf Channel), 12 - 4 pm MT (NBC)
Sunday: 7 - 11 am MT (Golf Channel), 12 - 4 pm MT (NBC)

You can view the bracket in PDF format by clicking here.

BOBBY JONES BRACKET:

8:05 a.m. — Dustin Johnson (3) vs. Jim Furyk (14)
8:15 a.m. — Thomas Bjorn (6) vs. Francesco Molinari (11)
9:25 a.m. — Adam Scott (2) vs. Robert Rock (15)
9:35 a.m. — Bo Van Pelt (7) vs. Mark Wilson (10)
10:45 a.m. — K.J. Choi (4) vs. Kyle Stanley (13)
10:55 a.m. — Brandt Snedeker (5) vs. Retief Goosen (12)
12:05 p.m. — Luke Donald (1) vs. Ernie Els (16)
12:15 p.m. — Jason Dufner (8) vs. Peter Hanson (9)

BEN HOGAN BRACKET

7:25 a.m. — Graeme McDowell (3) vs. Y.E. Yang (14)
7:35 a.m. — Hunter Mahan (6) vs. Zach Johnson (11)
8:45 a.m. — Steve Stricker (2) vs. Kevin Na (15)
8:55 a.m. — Louis Oosthuizen (7) vs. Aaron Baddeley (10)
10:05 a.m. — Matt Kuchar (4) vs. Jonathan Byrd (13)
10:15 a.m. — Bubba Watson (5) vs. Ben Crane (12)
11:25 a.m. — Martin Kaymer (1) vs. Greg Chalmers (16)
11:35 a.m. — David Toms (8) vs. Rickie Fowler (9)

GARY PLAYER BRACKET

8:25 a.m. — Charl Schwartzel (3) vs. Gary Woodland (14)
8:35 a.m. — Ian Poulter (6) vs. Sang-moon Bae (11)
9:45 a.m. — Jason Day (2) vs. R.C. Bello (15)
9:55 a.m. — Simon Dyson (7) vs. John Senden (10)
11:05 a.m. — Sergio Garcia (4) vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (13)
11:15 a.m. — Keegan Bradley (5) vs. Geoff Ogilvy (12)
12:25 p.m. — Rory McIlroy (1) vs. George Coetzee (16)
12:35 p.m. — Kyung-tae Kim (8) vs. Anders Hansen (9)

SAM SNEAD BRACKET

7:45 a.m. — Bill Haas (3) vs. Ryo Ishikawa (14)
7:55 a.m. — Justin Rose (6) vs. Paul Lawrie (11)
9:05 a.m. — Webb Simpson (2) vs. Matteo Manassero (15)
9:15 a.m. — Alvaro Quiros (7) vs. Martin Laird (10)
10:25 a.m. — Nick Watney (4) vs. Darren Clarke (13)
10:35 a.m. — Tiger Woods (5) vs. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (12)
11:45 a.m. — Lee Westwood (1) vs Nicolas Colsaerts (16)
11:55 a.m. — Robert Karlsson (8) vs. Fredrik Jacobson (9)

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Tiger Woods To Participate In Accenture Match Play Championship

Tiger Woods will participate in the Accenture Match Play Championship next week, and will also participate in Doral and the Honda Classic.

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