Golf roundup: Woods’ path to title looks easier

first_imgRose’s par putt dropped on the last turn, however, keeping the lead and momentum on his side. Mickelson felt he had no choice to go after what he called a “carnival” pin on the 16th, and it went a 3 yards too far and off a shelf, leading to bogey. Rose closed him out with a birdie on the 17th to win 3and1. “It looked like all I had to do was make par and the match would be even,” Mickelson said. “That hurt the most.” Charles Howell III, who defeated Mickelson in the three-hole playoff at Riviera Country Club, defeated 13th seed Sergio Garcia 4 and 3. The 45th-seeded Howell next faces 36th seed Rose. Mickelson’s up-and-down West Coast Swing that included last week’s playoff loss at the Nissan Open came to a stunning end with an incredible up-and-down by Justin Rose. Lefty figured the match would be all square going to the par-3 16th tee after Rose, who was 1-up, hit into the desert brush and had to chip out backward to the fairway, hitting his third shot 30 feet short of the flag. Tiger Woods had an easy time advancing Thursday at the Accenture Match Play Championship. And with Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and the other top seeds no longer around, his road to an eighth straight PGATour victory started looking easier, too. Woods was 5-up through sixholes and never seriously challenged by Tim Clark, the South African recovering from a neck injury and playing his first tournament of the year. The result was a 5-and-4 victory, the shortest match of the second round outside of Tucson, Ariz. center_img Chad Campbell pulled off a valiant rally against Furyk, making an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to go overtime, then two-putting from 50 feet for birdie to win in 19 holes. That left Woods, the No. 1 seed, as the only player among the top eight seeds still around. But all he had to was look at his third-round match today to realize how far he has to go. Next up is Nick O’Hern, a short but straight-hitting Australian who beat Woods two years ago at La Costa. “I’m sure he will obviously take positive vibes from what he did the last time we played,” Woods said. Woods is among five players who have yet to trail over twodays at The Gallery. The others are O’Hern, David Toms, Ian Poulter and Stephen Ames, who staved off a birdie-birdie finish by Vijay Singh and beat the Fijian in 19 holes. South of the border: Fred Funk, who had entered both the Champions Tour event in Florida and the PGA Tour Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, probably was glad he did the latter after he birdied five of his first seven holes and finished with an 8-under 62 to lead after the first round. Under the radar: Without much fanfare or a single sponsor on her cap, 18-year-old rookie Angela Park shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions to take the early lead in the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Fields Open in Kapolei, Hawaii. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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