Date: February 27, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Ogilvy through, Tiger out

Tiger Woods saw his comeback from injury brought to an abrupt halt as he was knocked out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Thursday. The world No.1 was beaten 4&2 by 2008 Australian Open champion South African Tim Clark in the second round at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club near Tucson in a tournament that had ended his eight-month lay-off following reconstructive knee surgery. Woods had marked his return with a 3&2 victory over Australia&aposs Brendan Jones in the first round on Wednesday, and he took an early lead with a birdie at the second on Thursday before Clark brought the match back to all square with a magnificent 68-foot putt at the fifth. There was an upset in the making when Woods bogeyed the par-five, 659-yard 11th to lose the hole and then saw Clark birdie the 12th and 13th to go three up. Some Tiger magic came at the 14th where he won by holing out from a bunker but at the 15th he drove out of bounds into the desert and lost the match at the 16th to a player who came into the tournament ranked 32nd in the world. “Well, I lost,” Woods said. “I played really well today but didn&apost make enough birdies.” “When you&aposre playing match play you have to make birdies and I didn&apost do that today.” “Tim&aposs a wonderful player, he&aposs consistent and grinds it out and he made a bunch of birdies today.” Woods&apos defeat meant he was the fourth of the top seeds in each quarter of the draw to be knocked out. Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia fell on Wednesday while Vijay Singh was beaten at the 19th hole on Thursday by England&aposs Luke Donald. It was a day of upsets all round as Oliver Wilson claimed another big-name victim when he knocked out world No.11 Anthony Kim. Geoff Ogilvy avoided that fate as he kept the Australian flag flying with a 19-hole win over Japan&aposs Shingo Katayama. Ogilvy, a winner of this event in 2006 and runner-up the following year, trailed by two with three holes remaining but eventually came through after Katayama had to concede the 16th, 18th and 19th holes. Wilson and Kim, the Ryder Cup rivals from last year, were involved in a see-saw match with England&aposs Wilson looking to claim a second successive upset having beaten KJ Choi in the first round. Wilson, who with Henrik Stenson came from four holes down to beat Phil Mickelson and Kim in foursomes at Valhalla last September, tasted victory over the young American hotshot again with a 2&1 win. Wilson now meets American Justin Leonard in the last 16 after the former British Open champion defeated compatriot Davis Love III one up. There was further success for England when Paul Casey reached the third round with a 6&4 win over Australia&aposs Mathew Goggin and Ross Fisher ended the run of Pat Perez, the American who knocked out Harrington in the first round. Fisher was five up after 10 holes and finished in style, sinking an eagle putt to send Perez to a 6&5 defeat. Lee Westwood, though, could not get past American Stewart Cink, last year&aposs runner-up, in a marathon match that went to five extra holes before the Englishman missed an 11-foot putt to send his rival through to meet Mickelson. Mickelson reached the last 16 after beating Zach Johnson one up, but not before another back-nine scare. Mickelson needed 19 holes to get past Argentina&aposs Angel Cabrera in Wednesday&aposs opening round, having let slip a four-hole lead over the back nine. Against 2007 Masters champion Johnson, he saw a four-up lead cut to one between the 14th and 17th holes before hanging on to win. Colombia&aposs Camilo Villegas, in Woods&apos bracket of the draw, was once again showing some hot form as he took a four-up lead over Spain&aposs Miguel Angel Jimenez in the first five holes and maintained that for a 5&4 victory. Villegas now meets Ogilvy, while Sweden&aposs Peter Hanson scored a 2&1 victory over Stephen Ames of Canada and will face Casey, and Fisher will play Jim Furyk, who beat Martin Kaymer of Germany 4&2. Ernie Els of South Africa overcame American Steve Stricker 3&2 and now plays Donald while Woods&apos conqueror Clark will now play Rory McIlroy, who produced a storming 3-3-3-3 finish to beat American Hunter Mahan on the 18th. In total there will be five Englishmen in the third round as Ian Poulter held his nerve to overcome Charl Schwartzel in a tight encounter. The Ryder Cup star finished well, a stunning second from the bunker at 17 finishing 18 inches from the hole to yield a birdie that proved decisive as he won 1 up. Poulter now plays Sean O&aposHair, who got the better of Boo Weekley 2&1.