Donald joins Tiger, McIlroy as Match Play upset victims
Marana, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 3 Luke Donald joined top-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 2 Tiger Woods on the sidelines after he was eliminated Friday in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships.
The second round ended with Bubba Watson as the only remaining player ranked in the top 10 while five of the top 20 players stayed in contention for the $1.5 million first prize.
Scott Piercy handed Donald his worst match play loss, winning the first three holes en route to a 7 and 6 triumph.
Piercy, playing in just his second match at the Accenture Match Play Championships, hit seven of nine fairways, 11 of 12 greens in regulation and had just 17 putts.
Piercy made five birdies and an eagle over 12 holes while Donald had two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey. He will take on Steve Stricker, who prevailed over Nick Watney in 21 holes.
Watson, for his part, defeated Jim Furyk in the fourth playoff hole to remain in the hunt. He will next play Jason Day, who beat Russell Henley in 19 holes.
Big-hitting American Robert Garrigus, the No. 9 seed, upset fourth-ranked Louis Oosthuizen, 3 and 2, to earn the right to face Fredrik Jacobson in the third round. Jacobson beat Marcus Fraser of Australia, 4 and 3.
Fifth-ranked Justin Rose suffered the same fate as Oosthuizen as he was defeated by Nicolas Colsaerts, 4 and 2. In the next round, Colsaerts will face Matt Kuchar, who prevailed over Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1.
Meanwhile, the other players in the top 20 who survived were Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter (13), part-time player Steve Stricker (16), U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson (17) and 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell (19).
Shane Lowry, who eliminated McIlroy in the first round, became the first No. 64 seed to advance to the third round after beating Carl Pettersson, 6 and 5. He will clash with Graeme McDowell, who beat Alexander Noren in 20 holes.
A day after eliminating Woods, Charles Howell III lost to Fernandez-Castano, 6 and 5. Fernandez-Castano will meet Simpson, who beat Peter Hanson.