Photo Gallery | PHOTOS: Davis High alum Watney eliminates Tiger at Match Play
MARANA, AZ - While the three remaining No. 1 seeds advanced on Thursday, Tiger Woods, a three-time winner, was eliminated in round two of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Woods struggled all day Thursday with the putter, but he had a chance to force extra holes against Nick Watney, who was 1-up when his approach at the 18th at Ritz Carlton Golf Club rolled off the back.
"I had an opportunity to force an extra (hole)," Woods said in a televised interview. "Something I fought all day was blocking my putts and I blocked that one right there."
As for Watney, a Sacramento native who attended Davis high school, the No. 4 seed survived, despite some loose shots late. His tee ball at 16 air-mailed the green and landed on a porch of a corporate tent. But Watney advanced, and was surprised he did it in regulation.
"We all know that Tiger makes those," a clearly surprised Watney told Golf Channel. "I feel fortunate, but at the same time I'm very excited to move on. I'm definitely in a little bit of shock."
Watney, will face No. 1 seed Lee Westwood in Friday's third round. Westwood, who's never advanced this far in his career, will have some revenge on his mind as Watney has eliminated him the last two years.