Date: February 22, 2008

Appleby sends Mickelson packing

Australian Stuart Appleby has dumped world No.2 Phil Mickelson from the lucrative Accenture Match Play Championship in a quality second-round encounter. The American left-hander couldn&apost keep pace with the white-hot Appleby, who nailed his ninth birdie on the 17th hole to take the contest 2-and-1. Joining Appelby in the final 16 of the knockout event are compatriots Rod Pampling and Aaron Baddeley. Pampling had an easy time of things as he crushed fellow Australian Nick O&aposHern 5-and-4. Baddeley booked a meeting with world No.1 Tiger Woods without even hitting a shot as his American opponent, David Toms, withdrew with a back injury. Woods was never in trouble against Arron Oberholser, winning three and two. “I played a lot better today,” Woods said. “I did some work last night on the range, then did some work in the room and came out today with a game plan of what I need to do to warm up.” Asked what that work in his room was, Woods continued: “I just do a little work in front of the mirror to make sure that what I&aposm feeling is actually what I&aposm doing.” “In this game, feel and real are usually two different things. I was making sure what I did last night on the range was exactly what I thought I was doing.” Colin Montgomerie produced a sizzling back nine to hold off American Charles Howell. The 59th seed, who only barely qualified for this World Golf Championships event, was understandably excited to advance to the final 16. “That&aposs a good effort,” said Montgomerie, who joked that he would give himself a pat on the back if only he was a little younger and more flexible. “Charles birdied the 11th to go all square and my caddie said, &aposright, Mr Montgomerie, it&aposs Ryder Cup mode&apos. I was four-under from then on, so he should say that more often in strokeplay events.” “We&aposre in the last 16 and delighted. I look forward to playing against tomorrow.” Paul Casey was the only Briton to join Montgomerie in the third round, recovering from a slow start to outlast Welshman Bradley Dredge 2-and-1 in an all-British battle. Cink beat Irishman Padraig Harrington by two, while Spaniard Sergio Garcia was no match for Boo Weekley, the American winning decisively 3-and-1.