Published February 22, 2012
MARANA, Ariz. – Tiger Woods couldn't buy a putt and won't be sticking around at the Match Play Championship.
With a chance to send his match against Nick Watney into overtime, Woods missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and failed to get out of the second round for the third straight time at Dove Mountain.
Watney will face Lee Westwood, the former No. 1 player whom he has beaten in each of the last two years.
Woods missed three birdie putts inside 10 feet over the last six holes, and the last one was the biggest. Watney was ready to go to the first tee. Instead, he's going to the third round. Watney said, "I'm definitely in a little bit of shock."
It's the third straight event this year that Woods' putting cost him a chance.
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MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Scottish golf is showing signs of life in the Match Play Championship.
Paul Lawrie, back at this event for the first time in nine years, held on to defeat Ryo Ishikawa and advance to the third round at Dove Mountain. He next plays Martin Laird, a fellow Scot, who defeated Matteo Manassero.
England has won the last two Match Play Championship titles with Luke Donald and Ian Poulter. Now its hopes lie with Lee Westwood, who built an early lead and defeated Robert Karlsson. It's the first time Westwood has reached the third round.
Tiger Woods was on the ropes again, trailing Nick Watney by two holes with three to play.