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Match Play at a glance
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - A brief look at the first round of the Match Play Championship on Wednesday at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain:
Shot of the day: Top-seeded Henrik Stenson hit a 65-yard bunker shot to 2½ feet to set up a par win on the par-4 14th that pulled him even with Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Stenson won Nos. 16 and 17 with birdies in a 2-and-1 victory.
Shortest day: Billy Horschel finished off Jamie Donaldson on No. 13 in a 6-and-5 victory.
Longest day: Sergio Garcia edged Marc Leishman on the 22nd hole.
English implosion: U.S. Open champion Justin Rose was the only of the five English players to advance. Luke Donald, the 2011 winner, dropped out along with 2010 champion Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and David Lynn.
Stat of the day: Eight players who trailed with six holes remaining went on to win.
Thursday’s key matches: Henrik Stenson vs. Louis Oosthuizen, Rory McIlroy vs. Harris English, Jimmy Walker vs. Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar vs. Ryan Moore, Justin Rose vs. Ernie Els, and Brandt Snedeker vs. Webb Simpson.
Forecast: Thursday, sunny, high of 75 with wind gusting to 15 mph.
Television: Thursday, Golf Channel, 1-6 p.m. EST, replay 6:30-11:30 p.m. EST.
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