• WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Round One

Poulter & Rose progress in Arizona

ESPN staff
February 21, 2013
It was not all plain sailing for Ian Poulter as he made the second round for the first time since 2010 © Getty Images

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Ian Poulter put poor results in recent years at the WGC Match Play Championship behind him to beat Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, once the snow melted In Arizona.

The Englishman's two and one victory means he has reached the second round for the first time since he won the tournament in 2010.

Poulter was three holes up after 12 when his round was cut short by a snowstorm on Wednesday but when play commenced on Thursday he stumbled at the 14th and lost the hole.

Gallacher then made a birdie at the next but Poulter ensured his opponent did not build up a head of steam with a superb approach shot allowing him to halve the hole.

After his round Poulter admitted his recent failures in Arizona were motivating him this year. "I'm fully aware of my early exits in the last couple of years and obviously I didn't want to do that again, " Poulter said.

Poulter will now face American Bo Van Pelt in the second round of the Snead bracket on Friday.

Justin Rose has set up a second-round tie with Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts by beating Choi Kyung-Ju two and one.

Choi erased Rose's two-hole overnight lead but the Englishman hit a 23-foot birdie putt at the par-four 15th to re-assert himself over the South Korean after Choi missed his 11-footer, also for a birdie.

"I said at the beginning of the week, it comes down to that one moment in the round where you need to make something happen, and that moment for me was on 15," Rose said.

"I was looking like I was going one down. To make a putt when I really needed it feels good, and I felt like that's what I've begun to do a lot recently."

PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley beat 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and said he was fired up to cause an upset after hearing people had written him off.

"I've heard a lot of comments from people saying they expected him to win, and that gave me a little motivation for sure," Henley said. "But he's an outstanding player, obviously. Can't really not be a great player when you win the Masters."

Sergio Garcia put away Thongchai Jaidee but needed 20 holes to do it after missing a chance to end the tie on the 16th hole. The Spaniard will now play Matt Kuchar after he beat Hiroyuki Fujita three and two.

No.2 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket Bubba Watson beat England's Chris Wood two and one to meet Jim Furyk in the second round.

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