Friday, 19 March 2010
WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship - Round One  (Getty Images)
WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship - Round One (Getty Images)

It was first blood to England's Oliver Wilson but fourth seed Rory McIlroy fought back strongly in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson.

After saving a half on the first with a seven foot putt Wilson won the long next with a birdie four. While he got up and down from just off the green 20 year old McIlroy bunkered his drive and could do no better than a par five.

Not that the Ulsterman, a quarter-finalist on his debut last year, had cause to worry yet. On the opening day he came from four down to beat American Kevin Na on the last.

Wilson was facing a fellow European for the second round running. Still seeking the first tournament victory of his professional career - and that despite making the last Ryder Cup team - the Mansfield golfer was looking to follow up his win over Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Miguel Angel Jiménez by taking the scalp of last year's Dubai winner.

Just behind them Luke Donald, conqueror of McIlroy’s fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell when the event began, shared the first hole with Australian Robert Allenby in par.

The top half of the draw amazingly contained just one American in Matt Kuchar. He was up against Indian Jeev Milkha Singh, who had already knocked out Ireland's three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington.

Six English players were in the last 32 and the first three of them in action all went in front.

Wilson remained one up on McIlroy after four, Donald led Allenby when his opponent bogeyed the short third and Paul Casey, last year's runner-up, birdied the first two holes against Canadian Mike Weir.

The left-handed Weir had an amazing nine birdies in ten holes in defeating Spaniard Alvaro Quiros 8 and 6 on the opening day but he started with two pars.

Casey made a 30 footer on the first and chipped close at the next.

Six English players were in the last 32 and the first three of them in action all went in front.

Wilson remained one up on McIlroy after four, Donald led Allenby when his opponent bogeyed the short third and Paul Casey, last year's runner-up, birdied the first two holes against Canadian Mike Weir.

The left-handed Weir had an amazing nine birdies in ten holes in defeating Spaniard Alvaro Quiros 8 and 6 on the opening day but he started with two pars.

Casey made a 30 footer on the first and chipped close at the next.

McIlroy continued to reel off the pars, but those on the sixth and seventh won him the holes and took him one up.

Wilson missed the green both times and failed to get up and down.

Casey went four up after four, Weir three-putting the third and then watching as his opponent struck a 92 yard pitch to two feet on the next.

It was looking good for Donald as well. An approach to three feet at the same hole doubled his advantage and Allenby's problems increased when he bogeyed the next to fall three down.

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