Upsets dominate WGC-Match Play

MARANA, Ariz.— Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods now have plenty of company — somewhere other than the Match Play Championship.

One day after the best two players in the world went home, more top seeds followed Friday when golf's most unpredictable tournament served up another reminder that the only time the word "upset" should be used is to describe the guys who are no longer playing.

Luke Donald, the No. 3 seed who is regarded among the best in match play, suffered his worst loss in 25 matches at this tournament. Fourth seed Louis Oosthuizen never led against Robert Garrigus, who closed him out on the 16th hole. No. 5 Justin Rose couldn't keep up with Nicolas Colsaerts and lost 4 and 2.

When another wild day ended, Masters champion Bubba Watson was the last man standing among the top 10 seeds.

"This game … it's a toss-up," Watson said after going 22 holes to beat Jim Furyk. "You can't really judge who's going to win or bet who's going to win."

Watson missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have won the match. He missed another 5-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. He had to stand to the side of the green as Furyk stood over a 12-foot putt to win the match. Given new life, Watson finally advanced to the third round.

It was the first time since this World Golf Championships event began in 1999 that only one top-10 seed was remaining after two rounds.

"I think we're beyond surprises, in this event especially," Graeme McDowell said after needing 20 holes to beat Alex Noren. "Anybody can have a great day and anybody can have a tough day. It's what makes the game exciting, and it's what makes this game extremely fickle and extremely frustrating."

And fun?

"Yeah, it's fun when you're sitting in a car coming back from a second playoff hole having won," McDowell said. "I drove past Alex Noren in the car park and he's dragging his flight bag to the locker room. And he's not having fun."

Donald, who birdied his last two holes Thursday to win his opening match, didn't know what hit him.

Scott Piercy won the first three holes, then hit a 4-iron into the cup for eagle on the fifth and was on his way to a 7-and-6 win, a margin known as a "dog license" in Britain. Back in the day, it used to cost 7 schillings and six pence.

LPGA: Stacy Lewis shot 3-under 69 for 12-under 132 and a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71) was at 144, and Tampa Cindy LaCrosse (73) at 145.

Upsets dominate WGC-Match Play 02/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:48pm]

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