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Highs, lows from Match Play Day 1

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Billy Kratzert: WGC-Accenture Match Play (1:28)

ESPN golf analyst Billy Kratzert discusses what makes a great match-play golfer. (1:28)

Best match: Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman went 22 holes before Garcia finally prevailed. Leishman led 2 up thru five holes but Garcia pulled within 1 with a birdie at the sixth. The Spaniard never led by more than a hole the rest of the way and advanced with a birdie on the fourth extra hole.

Best comeback: Graeme McDowell was 4 down thru seven holes to Gary Woodland and 3 down with three to play. But Woodland kept the door open a crack with a bogey at the 16th, McDowell birdied the 17th, then hit it to 12 feet for what was eventually a conceded birdie at the 18th as Woodland missed the green. McDowell then won it with a 5-footer for birdie on the first extra hole.

"I thought it was over," McDowell said. "You're not coming back from 3 down against a guy that's playing as well as him. I thought it was over."

British busts: Ian Poulter, 2 & 1 loser to Rickie Fowler; Luke Donald, 5 & 4 loser to Matteo Manassero; Lee Westwood, 5 & 3 loser to Harris English. That's pretty much the heart and soul of the European Tour Ryder Cup team right there.

Biggest surprise: Dustin Johnson losing to Peter Hanson 4 & 3. The match wasn't very close, and Johnson was one of the hottest players coming into the tournament after finishing second last week at Riviera as well as T-2 the week before at Pebble Beach.

Biggest blowout: Billy Horschel's 6 & 5 victory over Jamie Donaldson. Horschel won eight of the 13 holes they played.

Bizarre moment: Matt Kuchar seemingly had his match won at the 14th hole against Austria's Bernd Weisberger. But then he called a penalty on himself because he failed to put his ball mark in the correct spot. The loss of the hole meant the match played on for two more holes before Kuchar won 3 & 2.

Breaking down U.S. vs. Europe: In a strange fluke, 16 of the 32 matches pitted a U.S. player against one from Europe. It's not the Ryder Cup, and the results mean nothing as far as Scotland and Gleneagles are concerned, but the U.S. went 10-6.

Biggest smile on Tom Watson's face: Potential U.S. Ryder Cup rookies Harris English, Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed all won their opening matches.

Bracket busters: The WGC-Match Play is always wildly unpredictable, but if you went with the chalk on Day 1, you did pretty well. In terms of "upsets," there were only nine players who beat a higher seed, led by Richard Sterne, who knocked off a No. 1 in Zach Johnson. That was the fewest lower seeds winning on the first day in the history of the event.

Best Round 2 match: How about Rory McIlroy vs. Harris English, a couple of 25-and-unders with multiple PGA Tour victories.

Biggest consolation prize: All 32 losers get $48,000. Not bad for a day's work -- or in many cases, less than that.