Fraser and Day advance at Accenture

Jason Day and Marcus Fraser are the two Australian survivors from the opening round of the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain near Tucson in Arizona following the completion of the delayed first round today.

The weather improved to the point where play could recommence on day two after snow and sleet brought play on day one to a halt.

Day was already well on his way to defeating Zach Johnson when play was suspended on Wednesday the Queenslander 6 up against Johnson at the time. He would eventually win 6&5. Day will now take on Russell Henley who defeated Charl Schwartzel.

Fraser had a much closer tussle against Keegan Bradley there being no more than a hole between the pair throughout their match before Fraser grabbed the ascendancy with a birdie at the 17th and although he bogeyed the 18th, so too did Bradley.

Bradley actually holed from the fairway at the 10h hole but even that did not distract the Victorian who in his first visit to this event makes it to the second round where he will face Fredrik Jacobson.

The difference between a first round win and a loss is US50,000, Fraser and day now guaranteed US$95,000 for making it to the second round.

Adam Scott was defeated 2&1 by South African Tim Clark after fighting his way back from an early two hole deficit. Clark birdied his 16th and 17th holes to close the match out at the 17th.

John Senden was up early in his match against Bo Van Pelt but lost seven holes in succession before the match ended at the 3th, the American winning 6&5.

The two most notable defeats today however came when the world number one and two, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, were bundled out by Shane Lowry and Charles Howell 111 respectively.

Bruce Young
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