Top Three Seeds Go Down at Match Play


Peter OMalley will win the World Golf Championships'Accenture Match Play Championship if the Tiger Woods Trend holds true.
OMalley created a sensational uproar when he defeated top-ranked Woods in the opening round, 2-and-1, Wednesday at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. And you can look it up ' the man who has defeated Woods has always won this tournament.
Jeff Maggert took Woods out in a semifinal in 1999 ' and won. Darren Clarke toppled him in the finals of 2000 ' another winner. Tiger, of course, didnt play last year.
Second-seeded Phil Mickelson also lost. John Cook, No. 63, pulled the upset, 3-and-2. No. 3 David Duval was shocked as well, losing to No. 62 Kevin Sutherland in 20 holes.
I had a no-lose situation, really, said Australian OMalley, ranked No. 68 in the world. No one expected me to win, so I can just go out there and play my game. And if I win, well, its great. If I dont, it doesnt really matter.
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OMalley dropped a 30-foot putt on the par-5 17th to win it. Woods was also putting for birdie - from only six feet - but the Australians bullseye ended it.
Thats the nature of the format, sighed Woods. Anything can happen.
'I played with him a couple of months ago in New Zealand and he played well. He had a chance to win the tournament. He's just real consistent, which I expected, and he played his normal game.'
OMalley won the ninth hole to go 1-up and led from then on. He was 3-up after a birdie at 15, but Woods fought back on 16 with a 25-foot putt. That meant OMalley was only 2-up with two holes to play. When Woods cozied the third shot at 17 up to six feet - and OMalley faced the 30-footer - it looked like a patented Woods rally. Then came OMalleys coast-to-coast putt.
Woods made just one birdie ' the long putt at the 16th.
He was a little bit frustrated in his game, said OMalley, but I think he was still pretty relaxed until probably I holed that putt at 15 (to go 3-up). I dont think he was ' he certainly was not on his game.
In other matches, Davis Love III only had one ironed shirt. Iron one, and you might have a chance to play again. Iron all six ' in case you survive to play six matches ' and the odds are you will lose.
Love survived to play another day ' which means he has to iron another shirt. He defeated Philip Price of Wales, 2-and-1.

When I was unpacking, I unpacked and lined up my shirts in the closet and Im like, Theres got to be a system to this, said Love. Its bad luck if you iron all your shirts for six days. It is a weird feeling. You dont know ' its not like you make your return flight. Its hard to figure out what to do.
And Love isnt about to commit the deadliest of sins. You dont want to get cocky and iron all your shirts and have it backfire on you. And you especially dont want to send cleaning out, because you can really get in trouble.
Love was 5-up after the 12th hole, but then Price came sneaking back, winning the 14th, 15th and 16th. Love won it on No. 17 when he was able to gain a tie.
When I got 5-up, I fell into the, Well, all Ive got to do is halve the hole, and I should have been trying to win every hole, said Love. Youve just got to play aggressively and play the golf course and not worry too much about him.
Sergio Garcia is the highest seed remaining, following his 3-and-2 victory over Lee Janzen. He will next face Charles Howell III. Howell, No. 36, defeated No. 29 Stewart Cink, 4-and-3.
The No. 5 seed, Ernie Els, advanced with a 4-and-3 win over Jeff Sluman. I knew it was going to be a tough day with Jeff, said Els. Hes that kind of player that never goes away. He doesnt hit too many bad shots and doesnt make too many mistakes.
Els made five birdies and only one bogey, so he matched Sluman for toughness. Els strung together three birdies on Nos. 12'14 to put it away.
Matt Gogel defeated Clarke. It was Gogels putting that won it. He (Clarke) didnt make his putts, and that left the door open for me, Gogel said.
I think (No. 9) was a momentum swing a little bit in the sense that I still had the honor (off the tee), and he reached the green (on the par-5 10th) in two and left his eagle putt about a foot short (for birdie). And I made a birdie from about 12 feet, so I didnt give up anything there.
In a rematch of the infamous Ryder Cup match of 1999, Jose Maria Olazabal defeated Justin Leonard, 1-up. The match was close throughout with Olazabal easing ahead by three holes at the turn, then hanging on as Leonard chipped in on 17 to send it to 18 with Olazabal ahead by only one hole. The Spaniard won the match when he and Leonard both parred.
Olazabal did not drive the ball particularly well. It has not been as consistent and as good as it has been the last few weeks, and thats the only shame on my part, Olazabal said.
First-Round Results from the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship