Four Australians began the 2013 WGS Accenture Match Play Championship and after one round, we’re left with just two after Adam Scott and John Senden were bundled out of the event.
Jason Day and Marcus Fraser move on to the second round with Day recording a big victory over Zach Johnson and Marcus Fraser causing a huge upset over former US PGA champion Keegan Bradley.
In a stuttered start which saw snow on the golf course halt play on the Wednesday Players got back out on course on Thursday to complete their matches. Senden was always going to struggle after finding himself six shots down when the first day was abandoned and made too many bogies to seriously threaten resulting i a 6 and 5 victory to Bo Van Pelt.
Jason Day found himself in a completely different position to Senden. Day restarted his match with a six hole lead over Zach Johnson. A birdie on the 13th hole gave Day a 6 and 5 victory and will play young American Russell Henley on his second round match.
Adam Scott steamed off the golf course after his loss to good friend and fellow anchorman, Tim Clark. Noe more than one hole was the margin for most of the match between this pairing until Scott made bogeys on the 16th and 17th hole to lose 2 and 1. Clark will relish the victory after being miffed at seeing his long odds to win against Scott by Aussie bookmakers. While match play golf isn’t Scott’s strong suit, he’ll be annoyed he is out of the event after just one round of golf.
The story of the day goes to Marcus Fraser. In some great form on the European Tour and climbing his way to be ranked 52nd in the world, not many gave Fraser a chance against his more fancied rival, American Keegan Bradley.
While no more than one hole separated this paring the entire match, only two holes were won by a score of birdie or better.
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Australian second round match-up’s
Jason Day v Russell Henley
Marcus Fraser v Ernie Els