Kuchar, Stenson and McIlroy amongst first round winners at Dove Mountain

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Updated: February 20, 2014

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Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar were among the first round winners in the WGC Accenture Matchplay at Dove Mountain.

Defending Champion Kuchar the number 2 seed in the Gary Player group defeated Bernd Wiesberger 3&2 while Justin Rose the number 1 seed in the group battled to victory over Scott Piercy. Six of the top seven in the group all advanced.

Stenson the number 1 seed overall and in the Bobby Jones group will take on Louis Oosthuizen in the next round after both registered hard fought wins, Oosthuizen’s particularly impressive as he defeated Nick Watney.

In the Ben Hogan group, top seed McIlroy took down Boo Weekley and will face Harris English next who thrashed Lee Westwood.

In the Sam Snead group there was an impressive win for Richard Sterne when he crushed Zach Johnson.

In the Gary Player group, Ernie Els, Jordan Speith and Tomas Bjorn all advanced while former winner Luke Donald was sent packing.

In the Bobby Jones group, Oosthuizen, Webb Simpson, Jason Day and George Coetzee advanced, Coetzee impressive in beating Steve Stricker.

In the Hogan bracket Jimmy Walker continued his superb form with a win. Joining him in the next round were Sergio Garcia and former Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Jim Furyk.

In the Snead group Peter Hanson sent the inform Dustin Johnson home early with Bubba Watson Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell all advancing.