The players are finally back out on the course and closing out matches nearly 24 hours after a snowstorm interrupted the first round of the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play. A total of 10 players have moved on to the second round, and all matches are now out on the course -- including Tiger Woods, who just started his opening match against Charles Howell III.
Woods had an opportunity to win the opening hole against Howell, but he left his birdie putt short and Howell steadily tapped in his par to keep things all square. Rory McIlroy, who's a couple groups ahead of Woods, is already 2-up on his opponent, fellow Irishman Shane Lowry. McIlroy hit his tee shot in the water on No. 3, but Lowry quickly followed him into the drink to wipe out any advantage he may have had to get one back.
Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, and Bo Van Pelt were the closest to finishing off their opponents on Wednesday before the precipitation turned to snow. Kuchar's match against HIroyuki Fujita got to the 15th hole, which was the cause of several persistent problems this morning and forced continued delays as the grounds crew worked to get the course playable. But once play resumed around 3 p.m. ET, Kuchar quickly closed out his match against Fujita to become the first player to move into the second round. Garcia, Van Pelt, and Day joined him in the second round.
Day wiped out the steady Zach Johnson, 6 & 5, and the talented Aussie will now face Russell Henley in the second round. Henley pulled off what has been the biggest upset so far, knocking out Charl Schwartzel at the wire, 1-up. Schwartzel has been playing some of the best golf in the world, finishing near the top of the leaderboard throughout the first two months of the season. But the rookie from Georgia jumped on Schwartzel early, and then held on at the end to continue his impressive start to his career.
Over in Tiger's bracket, the only players to move to the second line so far are Richard Sterne and Hunter Mahan. In my Gary Player Bracket preview, I tabbed Sterne as my underdog selection and picked him to knock off No. 3 seeded Jason Dufner. Unlike Schwartzel, the other streaking South African, Sterne came through to beat Dufner, 1-up. He'll now face the defending champ, Mahan, who wiped out Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, 5 & 4.
A full list of those who have moved on so far:
Bobby Jones Bracket
Russell Henley def. Charl Schwartzel, 1 up
Jason Day def. Zach Johnson, 6 & 5
Gary Player Bracket
Richard Sterne def. Jason Dufner, 1 up
Hunter Mahan deg. Matteo Manassero, 5 & 4
Sam Snead Bracket
Ian Poulter def. Stephen Gallacher, 2 & 1
Bo Van Pelt def. John Senden, 6 & 5
Ben Hogan Bracket
Matt Kuchar def. Hiroyuki Fujita, 3 and 2
Sergio Garcia def. Thongchai Jaidee, 1 up (20 holes)
Justin Rose def. K.J. Choi, 2 & 1
Nicolas Colsaerts def. Bill Haas, 5 & 4
For a live bracket, visit Golf.com.
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