And then there was one. One day after Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods went home, more top seeds followed Friday in the Match Play Championship...
MARANA, Ariz. — And then there was one.
One day after Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods went home, more top seeds followed Friday in the Match Play Championship until Masters champion Bubba Watson was the only seed from the top 10 remaining at Dove Mountain.
And even that wasn’t easy.
Watson, the No. 8 seed, missed two straight putts from 5 feet that would have won the match before he finally put away Jim Furyk in 22 holes. It was the first time since this World Golf Championship began in 1999 that only one top-10 seed was left after two rounds.
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What does that mean?
“Nothing,” Watson said. “This game … it’s a toss-up. You can’t really judge who’s going to win, or bet who’s going to win.”
Luke Donald, the No. 3 seed who birdied his last two holes on Thursday to win his opening match, didn’t know what hit him Friday.
Scott Piercy won the first three holes, and then holed out from 221 yards with a 4-iron on the fifth hole and was on his way. He won, 7 and 6, to give Donald his worst loss in this event.
Fourth-seeded Louis Oosthuizen never led against Robert Garrigus, who closed him out on the 16th hole and sounded as though he had penciled himself into the final.
He next plays Jason Day, who beat PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley on the 19th hole.
Justin Rose, the No. 5 seed, couldn’t keep up with Nicolas Colsaerts and lost, 4 and 2.
“I think we’re beyond surprises, in this event especially,” said Graeme McDowell after needing 20 holes to beat Alex Noren.
Shane Lowry made history at this 15-year-old tournament. After knocking out McIlroy on the 18th hole of the first round, the burly Irishman became the first No. 64 seed to advance to the third round. He beat Carl Pettersson, 6 and 5.
“I would have been all right to beat Rory, but to lose in the second round is not what I want coming here this week,” Lowry said.
Two more wins on Saturday and Lowry will qualify for the next WGC event at Doral in two weeks. Next up for Lowry is McDowell, who had dinner together Friday night.
The other giant killer, Charles Howell III, lost 6 and 5 to Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano a day after beating Tiger Woods.
In other matches, defending champion Hunter Mahan beat Richard Sterne; Martin Kaymer defeated Rafael Cabrera Bello; U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to beat Peter Hanson; Steve Stricker knocked out Nick Watney on the 21st hole; and Ian Poulter beat Bo Van Pelt on the 17th hole.
• Stacy Lewis shot a 3-under 69 to keep her three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi.
Lewis had a 63 Thursday and was at 12-under 132 total.