PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy faced off Sunday in match play, just like so many golf fans wanted to see.
Work crews have spent months getting The Golf Club at Dove Mountain ready for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. A member of the crew spent time earlier this month mowing a fairway.
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Steve Stricker hits an approach shot from the fairway of the 9th hole during his match against Ian Poulter. Stricker was three down after eight holes and never was able to catch up to Poulter, who won 3 and 2.
Sometime Friday, Steve Stricker developed the habit of fist-bumping the police officer providing security for his WGC-Accenture Match Play round.
Ian Poulter won a pair of matches Saturday, and will play 36 more holes today. "It will be more mentally tiring than anything else," he said.
Ian Poulter took six weeks off before playing the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the last four without a single hole of golf.
Hunter Mahan hits his a tee shot on No. 15 during Saturday's Match Play quarterfinals. The defending champion won twice to advance.
Jason Day, far right, shakes hands with Graeme McDowell after winning 1 up during Saturday's quarterfinals. Day will face Matt Kuchar in the semifinals.
Jason Day chips on the 13th green Saturday during his 1 up win over Graeme McDowell. "I've been playing great, and I'm just really, really excited to get into the matches (today)," Day said.
Defending WGC-Accenture Match Play champion Hunter Mahan walked up the 18th fairway Saturday afternoon about 25 yards behind the reigning U.S. Open champion, Webb Simpson.
Scott Piercy, who beat No. 3 overall seed Luke Donald 7 and 6 on Friday, seems to be at his best in match play. "I think it fits my golf game," he said.
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