Matt Kuchar defeated Ryan Moore 1-up in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The defending champion will face-off against 20-year-old Jordan Spieth in the third round tomorrow.
Kuchar won his first hole on 13, and won his second hole with a birdie on 15 to take a one-up lead. Kuchar took his one-up lead to the eighteenth hole, and halved it with a birdie to win.
Kuchar is now 17-3 at the WGC-Accenture, and spoke about embracing the mentally draining format after his match:
Match play is fun. It’s unique, it’s different. We play 72‑hole stroke play every week. It’s nice to change things up. Certainly makes for a lot of excitement. It’s an 18‑hole battle. I’m a little more tired than I would be off just a regular Thursday round coming off the course. It feels much more like a Sunday round than it does a Thursday round. It’s fun.
This course has been good to me. I’m hoping to keep the good luck going
Jordan Spieth defeated Thomas Bjorn 5&4 in the second round. Spieth will play Kuchar in the third round tomorrow.
Spieth did not lose a single hole in his match against Bjorn. He did not shoot lights out, but managed his game well:
You know, I played the tough holes well. I hit the fairway on the tough holes. I birdied 5, which is a rare birdie, I think, today. Just kept on hitting the green. That’s the way to put the pedal down, if you can put the ball on the green first on those par‑3s and make your opponent hit it close to the hole, it’s very difficult to do with how firm the greens are and the wind picking up. Pars become really good scores.
Spieth continues to show he can hang with the game’s best, and Kuchar continues to show his dominance in match play. Should be an exciting match tomorrow.