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Record win for terrific Tiger

Padraig Harrington

By Mark Garrod
PADRAIG HARRINGTON was the only Irishman still standing on a day when there was no keeping Tiger Woods out of the headlines when the Accenture World Match Play championship began at La Costa near San Diego.

Paul McGinley went down two and one to Shingo Katayama of Japan, Darren Clarke lost four and three to Shigeki Maruyama and Vijay Singh got the better of Graeme McDowell five and four.

Harrington now meets Angel Cabrera in today’s second round.

World number one Woods, twice a winner of the title in the last three years, recorded a record margin of victory in the event when he crushed Stephen Ames 9&8 in just two hours.

Incredibly, Woods birdied the first six holes, added another on the long eighth for an outward 29 and after a half in par on the 10th finished the job, he said: "I think I did all right today.

"The best I’ve ever done I think is 8&7. That was a little bit of fun out there. Yesterday was a great day of practice and I just wanted to build on that. I made a few putts and Stephen made a couple of mistakes. I’m very pleased."

Woods was a joint holder of the previous record in the tournament - he beat Stephen Leaney 7&6 three years ago - while Ames was on the receiving end of the previous record too. He lost to Mark Hensby at the same stage last year. While their game was all over in the blink of an eye, several of the 17-strong European contingent were involved in a marathon affair.

David Howell, three up after three, had to go all the way to the fourth extra hole to defeat former USPGA champion Steve Elkington.

Yet he still had to wait to discover whether it was Ryder Cup team-mate and stablemate Lee Westwood he faced in tomorrow’s second round.

Westwood trailed American Scott Verplank four times and was two down with two to play, but took the 17th with a par four and sank a 22-footer on the last to stay alive. They were still level after six more holes.

Colin Montgomerie, meanwhile, was involved in sudden death after Swede Niclas Fasth cancelled out an early four-hole deficit in a scrappy affair. They could not be separated after four extra holes.

Ian Poulter’s clash with defending champion David Toms was much closer than their semi-final meeting a year ago, but Toms won at the 19th when Poulter failed to get out of a greenside bunker at the first attempt.

Poulter, who also lost &their previous meeting, said: "David played crap and I played worse." He did turn an early one-hole deficit into a one-up lead after 10, but Toms eagled the long 11th just as he did 12 months earlier and won the 13th with a par four.

The Englishman birdied the short 16th to level matters again, but it did not have a happy ending for him.

The first European through was Swede Carl Pettersson, who beat American Ryder Cup player Kenny Perry on the last, and Jose Maria Olazabal overcame Brandt Jobe 3&2.

But Ireland’s Paul McGinley trailed Japan’s Shingo Katayama from the fourth hole and went down 2&1.

Montgomerie appeared to be breezing through when his opponent went out of bounds with his drive at the long third and also bogeyed the fourth, fifth and sixth.

(USA unless stated, seeded positions in brackets):

(9) Adam Scott (Aus) bt (56) Lucas Glover 2and1

(24) Stuart Appleby (Aus) lost to (41) Tom Lehman 3 and 2

(23) Davis Love bt (42) Mark Hensby (Aus) 2 and 1

d: (10) Kenny Perry lost to (55) Carl Pettersson (Swe) 1 hole, (22)Paul McGinley (Irl) lost to (43) Shingo Katayama (Jpn) 2 and 1, (25) Jose MariaOlazabal (Spa) bt (40) Brandt Jobe 3 and 2, (12) David Howell (Gbr) bt (53)Steve Elkington (Aus) at 22nd

28) Bart Bryant lost to (37) John Daly 4 and 2, (7) Chris DiMarco bt (58) Mark Calcavecchia 2 and 1, (1) Tiger Woods bt (64) Stephen Ames (Can) 9 and 8, (8) David Toms bt (57) Ian Poulter (Gbr) at 19th, (5) Phil Mickelson bt (60) Charles Howell 2 holes

(11) Colin Montgomerie (Gbr) bt (54) Niclas Fasth (Swe) at 23rd, (17) Chad Campbell bt (48) Tim Herron 4 and 2, (20) Nick O'Hern (Aus) bt (45) Fred Funk 5 and 3

(21) Scott Verplank bt (44) Lee Westwood (Gbr) at 26th, (6) Jim Furyk lost to (59) Zach Johnson 1 hole, (18) Padraig Harrington (Irl) bt (47) Rod Pampling (Aus) 3 and 2, (19) Darren Clarke (Gbr) lost to (46) Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) 4 and 3, (26) Tim Clark (Rsa) lost to (39) Arron Oberholser at 21st, (27) Fred Couples lost to (38) Sean O'Hair at 19th, (16) Henrik Stenson (Swe) bt (49) Paul Casey (Gbr) 1 hole

(13) Michael Campbell (Nzl) lost to (52) Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) at 19th, (14) Luke Donald (Gbr) bt (51) Richard Green (Aus) 2 and 1, (32) Robert Allenby (Aus) bt (33) KJ Choi (Kor) 3 and 2, (2) Vijay Singh (Fij) bt (63) Graeme McDowell (Irl) 5 and 4

(29) Stewart Cink lost to (36) Mike Weir (Can) 4 and 3, (4) Ernie Els (Rsa) lost to (61) Bernhard Langer (Ger) 2 and 1, (3) Retief Goosen (Rsa) bt (62) Paul Broadhurst (Rsa) 5 and 4.

 

Record win for terrific Tiger

Padraig Harrington

By Mark Garrod
PADRAIG HARRINGTON was the only Irishman still standing on a day when there was no keeping Tiger Woods out of the headlines when the Accenture World Match Play championship began at La Costa near San Diego.

Paul McGinley went down two and one to Shingo Katayama of Japan, Darren Clarke lost four and three to Shigeki Maruyama and Vijay Singh got the better of Graeme McDowell five and four.

Harrington now meets Angel Cabrera in today’s second round.

World number one Woods, twice a winner of the title in the last three years, recorded a record margin of victory in the event when he crushed Stephen Ames 9&8 in just two hours.

Incredibly, Woods birdied the first six holes, added another on the long eighth for an outward 29 and after a half in par on the 10th finished the job, he said: "I think I did all right today.

"The best I’ve ever done I think is 8&7. That was a little bit of fun out there. Yesterday was a great day of practice and I just wanted to build on that. I made a few putts and Stephen made a couple of mistakes. I’m very pleased."

Woods was a joint holder of the previous record in the tournament - he beat Stephen Leaney 7&6 three years ago - while Ames was on the receiving end of the previous record too. He lost to Mark Hensby at the same stage last year. While their game was all over in the blink of an eye, several of the 17-strong European contingent were involved in a marathon affair.

David Howell, three up after three, had to go all the way to the fourth extra hole to defeat former USPGA champion Steve Elkington.

Yet he still had to wait to discover whether it was Ryder Cup team-mate and stablemate Lee Westwood he faced in tomorrow’s second round.

Westwood trailed American Scott Verplank four times and was two down with two to play, but took the 17th with a par four and sank a 22-footer on the last to stay alive. They were still level after six more holes.

Colin Montgomerie, meanwhile, was involved in sudden death after Swede Niclas Fasth cancelled out an early four-hole deficit in a scrappy affair. They could not be separated after four extra holes.

Ian Poulter’s clash with defending champion David Toms was much closer than their semi-final meeting a year ago, but Toms won at the 19th when Poulter failed to get out of a greenside bunker at the first attempt.

Poulter, who also lost &their previous meeting, said: "David played crap and I played worse." He did turn an early one-hole deficit into a one-up lead after 10, but Toms eagled the long 11th just as he did 12 months earlier and won the 13th with a par four.

The Englishman birdied the short 16th to level matters again, but it did not have a happy ending for him.

The first European through was Swede Carl Pettersson, who beat American Ryder Cup player Kenny Perry on the last, and Jose Maria Olazabal overcame Brandt Jobe 3&2.

But Ireland’s Paul McGinley trailed Japan’s Shingo Katayama from the fourth hole and went down 2&1.

Montgomerie appeared to be breezing through when his opponent went out of bounds with his drive at the long third and also bogeyed the fourth, fifth and sixth.

(USA unless stated, seeded positions in brackets):

(9) Adam Scott (Aus) bt (56) Lucas Glover 2and1

(24) Stuart Appleby (Aus) lost to (41) Tom Lehman 3 and 2

(23) Davis Love bt (42) Mark Hensby (Aus) 2 and 1

d: (10) Kenny Perry lost to (55) Carl Pettersson (Swe) 1 hole, (22)Paul McGinley (Irl) lost to (43) Shingo Katayama (Jpn) 2 and 1, (25) Jose MariaOlazabal (Spa) bt (40) Brandt Jobe 3 and 2, (12) David Howell (Gbr) bt (53)Steve Elkington (Aus) at 22nd

28) Bart Bryant lost to (37) John Daly 4 and 2, (7) Chris DiMarco bt (58) Mark Calcavecchia 2 and 1, (1) Tiger Woods bt (64) Stephen Ames (Can) 9 and 8, (8) David Toms bt (57) Ian Poulter (Gbr) at 19th, (5) Phil Mickelson bt (60) Charles Howell 2 holes

(11) Colin Montgomerie (Gbr) bt (54) Niclas Fasth (Swe) at 23rd, (17) Chad Campbell bt (48) Tim Herron 4 and 2, (20) Nick O'Hern (Aus) bt (45) Fred Funk 5 and 3

(21) Scott Verplank bt (44) Lee Westwood (Gbr) at 26th, (6) Jim Furyk lost to (59) Zach Johnson 1 hole, (18) Padraig Harrington (Irl) bt (47) Rod Pampling (Aus) 3 and 2, (19) Darren Clarke (Gbr) lost to (46) Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) 4 and 3, (26) Tim Clark (Rsa) lost to (39) Arron Oberholser at 21st, (27) Fred Couples lost to (38) Sean O'Hair at 19th, (16) Henrik Stenson (Swe) bt (49) Paul Casey (Gbr) 1 hole

(13) Michael Campbell (Nzl) lost to (52) Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) at 19th, (14) Luke Donald (Gbr) bt (51) Richard Green (Aus) 2 and 1, (32) Robert Allenby (Aus) bt (33) KJ Choi (Kor) 3 and 2, (2) Vijay Singh (Fij) bt (63) Graeme McDowell (Irl) 5 and 4

(29) Stewart Cink lost to (36) Mike Weir (Can) 4 and 3, (4) Ernie Els (Rsa) lost to (61) Bernhard Langer (Ger) 2 and 1, (3) Retief Goosen (Rsa) bt (62) Paul Broadhurst (Rsa) 5 and 4.