Westwood, Furyk fall in Match Play

Nick Watney beat Lee Westwood, 2 and 1.

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MARANA, Ariz. – The often-unpredictable Match Play Championship more than lived up to its reputation in a topsy-turvy second round at Dove Mountain on Thursday. An event already minus Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson sent several of the world’s best to an early exit.

Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy – seeded second through fifth – were among the losers. Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy was beaten by Colombian Camilo Villegas, 2 and 1. Top-seeded Steve Stricker lost Wednesday in the first round.

The highest remaining seed is England’s Paul Casey at No. 6. Casey, the runner-up a year ago who won the World Match Play Championship in England in 2006, swiftly dispatched Canadian Mike Weir, 5 and 4.

The field was narrowed to 16 for Thursday’s third round on the sun-drenched desert course near Tucson, Ariz. Woods, obviously, skipped the event because of his personal woes, and Mickelson is on vacation with his family.

If that didn’t take enough luster off the tournament, news that Woods would make his first public statement on his sex scandal Friday certainly did.

But despite the lower profile, the Match Play is proving to be a wide-open competition.

“It’s definitely different than the NCAA (basketball) tournament, where there’s a pretty big discrepancy between one and 16,” said American Nick Watney, who beat Westwood, 2 and 1. “But like you saw, Steve Stricker won two weeks ago and lost yesterday. So it’s a crazy format.”

The final 16 features five players from the United States, three each from England and South Africa and one apiece from Colombia, Spain, Japan, India and Thailand.

“We had nine Englishmen in the field, which was impressive,” Casey said. “I mean, obviously it was because of Tiger and Phil not being here. But I think that puts a little extra sort of emphasis. You kind of want to be the last Englishman here.”

Westwood, an Englishman, came back from two down to pull even after 13 holes. Watney, in his first Match Play appearance, regrouped to win the par-4 14th and 15th with birdies for a 2-and-1 decision.

Furyk and Kaymer both lost to South Africans.

A 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, Furyk was beaten by Charl Schwartzel, 3 and 2. Kaymer, from Germany, also went down, 3 and 2, to Tim Clark.

The closest two matches of the day went 20 holes, England’s Oliver Wilson beating McIlroy, and South African Retief Goosen defeating Ernie Els.

Among the survivors was Spain’s Sergio Garcia, a 2-and-1 winner over Swede Peter Hanson.

“It’s a funny tournament, this match play,” Garcia said, “because some years you come here you feel like you’re playing unbelievable, and you get beaten in the first or second round. And some years you come here, and you don’t feel quite as great and you manage to somehow get around it.”

After becoming the second No. 64 seed in the event’s 12-year history to beat a No. 1 seed with his win over Stricker, England’s Ross McGowan lost to Ryo Ishikawa of Japan, 1 up. McGowan said his “intensity wasn’t quite there as much.”

“It’s a fantastic event,” McGowan said, “and just looking down the leaderboard and looking at the guys that are going out first and second round, and lots have won majors.”

Ogilvy was 1 up through 14 holes, but Villegas had birdies on the next two, then clinched it by matching the defending champion’s par on No. 17.

“Geoff is a great player and obviously he has a great record in this tournament,” Villegas said. “And he beat me last year. Funny enough, as players, we don’t forget those things.”

But they are friendly rivals. Ogilvy and Villegas had breakfast together before their match. Someone asked if they talked about Woods.

“Who?” Villegas said to laughter in the interview room. “You know what, there’s enough talk about him. We don’t need to be talking about him. Let the other people do it.”


Results from the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, played Feb. 18 at the par-72, 7,849-yard Dove Mountain, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Ariz. (Seeds in parentheses):

• Oliver Wilson (37), England, def. Rory McIlroy (5), Northern Ireland, 20 holes.

• Luke Donald (21), England, def. Robert Allenby (12), Australia, 6 and 5.

• Paul Casey (6), England, def. Mike Weir (38), Canada, 5 and 4.

• Brian Gay (54), United States, def. Zach Johnson (22), United States, 2 up.

• Jeev Milkha Singh (57), India, def. Matt Kuchar (40), United States, 1 up.

• Ian Poulter (9), England, def. Adam Scott (41), Australia, 2 and 1.

• Ben Crane (58), United States, def. Y.E. Yang (26), South Korea, 3 and 2.

• Camilo Villegas (23), Colombia, def. Geoff Ogilvy (10), Australia, 2 and 1.

• Tim Clark (36), South Africa, def. Martin Kaymer (4), Germany, 3 and 2.

• Sergio Garcia (13), Spain, def. Anders Hansen (45), Denmark, 2 and 1.

• Charl Schwartzel (35), South Africa, def. Jim Furyk (3), United States, 3 and 2.

• Stewart Cink (19), United States, def. Sean O'Hair (14), United States, 1 up.

• Ryo Ishikawa (32), Japan, def. Ross McGowan (64), England, 2 up.

• Thongchai Jaidee (48), Thailand, def. Robert Karlsson (16), Sweden, 4 and 3.

• Nick Watney (31), United States, def. Lee Westwood (2), England, 2 and 1.

• Retief Goosen (18), South Africa, def. Ernie Els (15), South Africa, 20 holes.

FIRST ROUND

• Robert Allenby (12), Australia, def. Peter Hanson (53), Sweden, 4 and 2.

• Luke Donald (21), England, def. Graeme McDowell (44), Northern Ireland, 2 and 1.

• Brian Gay (54), United States, def. Kenny Perry (11), United States, 2 and 1.

• Zach Johnson (22), United States, def. Francesco Molinari (43), Italy, 21 holes.

• Ian Poulter (9), England, def. Justin Leonard (56), United States, 19 holes.

• Adam Scott (41), Australia, def. Angel Cabrera (24), Argentina, 3 and 2.

• Geoff Ogilvy (10), Australia, def. Noren Alexander (55), Sweden, 7 and 5.

• Camilo Villegas (23), Colombia, def. Dustin Johnson (22), United States, 4 and 3.

• Rory McIlroy (5), Northern Ireland, def. Kevin Na (60) United States, 1 up.

• Oliver Wilson (37), England, def. Miguel Angel Jimenez (28), Spain, 3 and 2.

• Paul Casey (6), England, def. Stephen Ames (59), Trinidad and Tobago, 5 and 4.

• Mike Weir (38), Canada, def. Alvaro Quiros (27), Spain, 8 and 6.

• Jeev Milkha Singh (57), Indian, def. Padraig Harrington (8), Ireland, 3 and 1.

• Matt Kuchar (40), United States, def. Anthony Kim (25), United States, 3 and 2.

• Ben Crane (58), United States, def. Henrik Stenson (7), Sweden, conceded.

• Y.E. Yang (26), South Korea, def. Soren Kjeldsen (39), Denmark, 2 and 1.

• Sergio Garcia (13), Spain, def. David Toms (52), United States, 2 up.

• Anders Hansen (45), Denmark, def. Lucas Glover (20), United States, 2 and 1.

• Sean O'Hair (14), United States, def. Simon Dyson (51), England, 3 and 1.

• Stewart Cink (19), United States, def. Edoardo Molinari (46), Italy, 2 up.

• Robert Karlsson (16), Sweden, def. Rory Sabbatini (49), South Africa, 20 holes.

• Thongchai Jaidee (48), Thailand, def. Ross Fisher (17), England, 5 and 4.

• Ernie Els (15), South Africa, def. Ryan Moore (50), United States, 4 and 3.

• Retief Goosen (18), South Africa, def. Soren Hansen (47), Denmark, 3 and 2.

• Martin Kaymer, Germany (4) def. Chad Campbell, United States (61), 4 and 2.

• Tim Clark (36), South Africa, def. Vijay Singh (29), Fiji, 1 up.

• Jim Furyk (3), United States, def. Scott Verplank (62), United States, 2 and 1.

• Charl Schwartzel (35), South Africa, def. Hunter Mahan (30), United States, 2 and 1.

• Ross McGowan (64), England, def. Steve Stricker (1), United States, 19 holes.

• Ryo Ishikawa (32), Japan, def. Michael Sim (33), Australia, 2 up.

• Lee Westwood (2), England, (2) def. Chris Wood (63), England, 3 and 1.

• Nick Watney (31), United States, def. Yuta Ikeda, Japan (34), 4 and 3.

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