MARANA, Ariz. – Fitting, at least for the world No. 1, that Lee Westwood’s week at Dove Mountain came down to a missed putt. His 13-foot birdie attempt to force overtime against Nick Watney rolled wide at the last, assuring that there would be no more than one top-seeded player heading to the Elite Eight.
Westwood, who was headed to south Florida for next week’s Honda Classic after his match, will look back at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as an opportunity lost on Dove Mountain’s greens.
“I haven’t really made a putt of more than 5 feet all week,” said Westwood, who also missed a birdie attempt to square his Round 2 match of 3 ½ feet at the 16th hole. “The 16th . . . I basically vomited up on the 16th green.”
World No. 2 Martin Kaymer remains the only top-seeded player in the hunt to survive but he was all square with Justin Rose through 17 holes.