Thirty-One Other Flavors

By Brian HewittFebruary 25, 2009, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureYes, Eldrick, there were 31 'other' matches scheduled Wednesday in the opening round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. And while the entire sports world focused ' understandably so ' on the clash between top seed Tiger Woods and down-underdog Brendan Jones of Australia, 62 other players competed for the right to advance.
The following is a special edition of the Wednesday notes column and contains a brief capsule from each of those 31 other matches, just in case you were wondering what happened on the rest of the golf course:

Sergio Garcia vs. Charl Schwartzel (Schwartzel wins 1-up) World No. 2 Sergio Garcia lost the first three holes and the last three holes to young South African Charl Schwartzel. It made him the second No. 1 seed in a bracket to go down (Pat Perez upset Padraig Harrington) and it made Schwartzel one of the happiest men in Arizona. Sloppy iron play late was Sergio's undoing.
Ian Poulter vs. Jeev Milkha Singh (Poulter wins 4 & 3) Ian Poulter got Milkha. Big time. Poulter in plaid, seeing well after a recent eye procedure, routed the Indian. Now Poulter gets a shot at his European Ryder Cup teammate, World No. 2 Sergio Garcia in Round 2 Thursday. Oops, not so fast, bloke. Sergio lost the last three holes and the match to Charl Schwartzel. Adios, Sergio.
Robert Allenby vs. Ross Fisher (Fisher wins 1-up) Ross Fisher, an Englishman, is easily one of the most underrated players in the world. He was also almost one of the most defeated players in the world Wednesday when he missed a 5-footer on the 17th green that would have put away Robert Allenby. Next up for Fisher is Pat Perez.
Luke Donald vs. Ben Curtis (Donald wins 19 holes) It tore up England's Luke Donald to miss last fall's Ryder Cup because of a bad wrist. But he's back at match play and he withstood a furious Ben Curtis rally. Curtis birdied four of his last six holes but pulled his second shot into the desert on the 19th and couldn't save par. Next for Donald: Vijay Singh.
Padraig Harrington vs. Pat Perez (Perez wins 1-up) Upset alert. Upset alert. Princeton beats Georgetown! Pat Perez, a No. 16 seed in the Snead bracket, held off No. 1 seed Padraig Harrington. Harrington had a 12-footer on 18 to send it to extra holes but missed on the left side.
Retief Goosen vs. Tim Clark (Clark wins 4 & 2) In a battle between the 33rd-seeded player in the field, Retief Goosen, and the 32nd-seeded player in the field, Tim Clark, it was Clark who emerged the triumphant South African. Clark now is next in line for Tiger Woods who, by the way, beat Brendan Jones 3 and 2.
Adam Scott vs. Sean O'Hair (O'Hair wins 1-up) Sean O'Hair birdied the drivable par 15th to take a 1-up lead over Adam Scott that held up when both players parred each of the last three holes. O'Hair moves along to a second round matchup against Boo Weekley.
Vijay Singh vs. Soren Kjeldsen (Singh wins 2 & 1) In yet another match that ended in a 2 and 1 decision, Vijay Singh, still recuperating from knee surgery (less serious than Tiger's) dusted the other 'Soren,' Soren Kjeldsen. Vijay was 2-down early. He is the first seed in the Hogan bracket. Who worked harder on his game ' Vijay or Hogan?
Boo Weekley vs. Justin Rose (Weekley wins 1-up) Roller coaster Boo Weekley, 3-up after six holes and 2-down after 14, rallied to can a 22-footer on the 18th hole to 'upset' Justin Rose. Rose, whose wife recently gave birth to the couple's first child, was the fourth seed in the Jones bracket. But he shoved his approach right on the final hole.
Mike Weir vs. Hunter Mahan (Mahan wins 1-up) Hunter Mahan is rapidly developing into one of the most confident and dangerous match play players in the world. His tight win over Mike Weir (nobody was more than 2-up at any point in the match) is just the kind of confidence builder Mahan would want to have going into his second round appointment with Rory McIlroy. The winner will get Woods if Tiger advances one more.
Stuart Appleby vs. Martin Kaymer (Kaymer wins 1-up) Only a cruel 'power' lip-out from 15 feet on the last hole kept Stuart Appleby from extending this match against rising German star Martin Kaymer. Australia's Appleby is the only man to have played in all 11 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships.
Rory McIlroy vs. Louis Oosthuizen (McIlroy wins 2 & 1) The precocious McIlroy, just 19 years old and already No. 17 in the world, ho-hums his way past Louis Oosthuizen, who will have to wait a long time before he wrests the nickname 'Oosty' away from Peter Oosterhuis. McIlroy is one win away from a potential date with Tiger Woods in the round of 16.
Jim Furyk vs. Anders Hansen (Furyk wins 2 & 1) Anders Hansen has played in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship three times and has yet to win a match. This time it was steady Jim Furyk who beat him. Furyk, the fourth seed in the Snead bracket, played his college golf at nearby University of Arizona and looked comfortable all day long.
Steve Stricker vs. Dustin Johnson (Stricker wins 2 & 1) Two of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker, needed 17 holes before Stricker, second last Sunday to Phil Mickelson at Riviera, prevailed. Stricker won this event in 2001 and gets Ernie Els next in what might be the premier second round match-up.
Stephen Ames vs. Alvaro Quiros (Ames wins 1-up) Stephen Ames is most famous for being on the business end of a 9 and 8 drubbing at the hands of Tiger Woods several years ago when Woods perceived that Ames had publicly slighted Tiger's driving ability. This time Ames got the best of Spain's Alvaro Quiros in a tight match. Next for him is Peter Hanson.
Henrik Stenson vs. Davis Love III (Love wins 21 holes) Davis Love III, who lost in the finals of this event to Tiger Woods in 2004 and then again to Geoff Ogilvy in the 2006 final, made a par on the 21st hole to hold off another former champion, Henrik Stenson. Stenson kept the match going with 14-footer on the 20th hole. Love now faces close friend Justin Leonard.
Ernie Els vs. Soren Hansen (Els wins 4 & 2) Ernie Els, who made no secret of the fact that he wasn't a big fan of The Gallery at Dove Mountain (where they played this event the last two years before moving to nearby Ritz-Carlton Golf Club) advances to the second round in this event for the first time since 2002.
Geoff Ogilvy vs. Kevin Sutherland (Ogilvy wins 19 holes) The 2006 winner of this event needed a testy up and down from a greenside bunker on the first extra hole to hold off a late charge by Kevin Sutherland who won this thing in 2002. Sutherland had bravely extended the match with a 12-footer on the 18th.
Robert Karlsson vs. Peter Hanson (Hanson wins 3 & 2) The only Hanson (there are two Hansens) in the field (there are also two Sorens), Peter Hanson pulled off the big upset against Robert Karlsson who was out of sorts from the outset. Karlsson conceded putts for losses on the second and third holes and never led. Karlsson, No. 7 in the world was No. 2 seed in the Gary Player bracket.
Trevor Immelman vs. Shingo Katayama (Katayama wins 3 & 2) Trevor Immelman, the reigning Masters champion and one of eight South Africans in the field, had a 6-footer on the 16th green that would have drawn him to within one hole of Shingo Katayama. Immelman proceeded to three-putt and lose the match to the 'Kat in the Hat' from Japan.
Justin Leonard vs. Andres Romero (Leonard wins 2 & 1) Justin Leonard, captured three straight holes beginning at the 10th, and then hung on tenaciously to outlast Andres Romero. Romero almost shocked the golf world at Carnoustie in the British Open two years ago, just missing the Harrington- Garcia playoff. Leonard was too steady on this sunny day north of Tucson.
Phil Mickelson vs. Angel Cabrera (Mickelson wins 19 holes) Phil Mickelson, the No. 2 seed in the Hogan bracket, was 4-up with five to play against Angel Cabrera and lost four straight holes starting at 14. Lefty, who won at Riviera last week, collected himself on the first extra hole and buried a 5-footer for the winning birdie that advanced him to the second round against Zach Johnson.
Zach Johnson vs. Graeme McDowell (Johnson wins 3 & 1) With a trip back to Augusta little more than a month away, former Masters champion Zach Johnson stuck an iron to 3 feet on 17 for the birdie that eliminated Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell. Johnson, the 28th seed over-all, is the seventh seed in the Hogan bracket.
Paul Casey vs. Aaron Baddeley (Casey wins 1-up) Aaron Baddeley, one of the best putters in the game normally, missed a 4-footer on the last that would have extended the match against Paul Casey. Casey won the HSBC Match Play in 2006 and is always a threat in this format. Next up for him is Matthew Goggin.
Kenny Perry vs. Matthew Goggin (Goggin wins 2 & 1) Veteran Kenny Perry, the No. 3 seed in the Player bracket, managed just two birdies all day against the voluble Goggin, one of eight Aussies in the field. Goggin won when Perry made bogey on the 17th hole.
Miguel Angel Jimenez vs. Rory Sabbatini (Jimenez wins 2 & 1) The 45-year-old mechanic from Spain poured sand into Rory's gas tank and earned a second round shot at the red-hot Villegas. Sabbatini was 4-down at the turn despite being near the University of Arizona where he played his college golf. Sabbatini made a mess of the back nine last Sunday at Riviera and it carried over.
Stewart Cink vs. Richard Sterne (Cink wins 19 holes) Cink, last year's runner-up to Woods, made a 47-foot bomb for birdie on the first extra hole after South Africa's Sterne had won the 15th and 16th holes to force the issue. Woods' group had to wait on first tee as this match played through on its extra hole. Westwood next for Cink.
Oliver Wilson vs. K. J. Choi (Wilson wins 3 & 1) First upset of day, if the seedings mean anything to you. No. 43 in world Oliver Wilson made par on 17 and K. J. Choi bogeyed the same hole. Wilson was a Ryder Cup surprise in the Saturday morning foursomes last fall when he and Henrik Stenson took down the Mickelson and Kim powerhouse 2 and 1.
Camilo Villegas vs. Rod Pampling (Villegas wins 7 & 6) Early audition for this year's Presidents Cup for Spiderman. Camilo raced to 4 up lead after eight holes and the rest was just too tough an ask for the flinty Pampling. Villegas won five straight holes at one point.
Lee Westwood vs. P. Marksaeng (Westwood wins 2 & 1) Euro Ryder Cup veteran got up early (3 up after 7) and never let up on Thailand's Marksaeng. Westwood hoping to make amends for not winning a full point in any one match at Valhalla last fall.
Anthony Kim vs. Wen-Tang Lin (Kim wins 7 & 5) Picking up where he left off in Ryder Cup, AK didn'tt lose a hole as he breezed past the little-known Tawainese, Lin. This is Kim's first appearance in this event.

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    M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead

    By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:50 am

    LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.

    Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.

    Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.

    Marina Alex was second after a 68.

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    So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.

    Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.

    Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.

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    Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

    By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

    SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

    He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

    ''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

    Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

    They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

    Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.

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    Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.

    Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

    It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

    Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

    The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

    Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

    ''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

    The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

    ''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

    The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

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    Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut

    By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

    It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.

    Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.

    When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:

    It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.

    Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.

    Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.

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    Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

    Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

    ''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

    On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

    ''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

    Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

    ''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''

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    Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

    ''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

    Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

    First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.