Rickie Fowler won the first match today at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana. Fowler sent Ian Poulter packing home with a score of 2 and 1.
Fowler took a 3-up lead through seven holes, then hung on against the scrappy Poulter, who won here in 2010 and boasted a 22-11 record heading into this week. With a chance to send the match to the 18th, Poulter missed a 10-foot birdie putt. Fowler will play Walker in Round 2.