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Rory McIlroy, another No. 1 seed eliminated early at Match Play

  • Snow covers a fairway in the morning hours before before play resumes for the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Marana, Ariz.  A snow storm blanketed the course on Wednesday suspending the first round of play and postponing it until later in the day on Thursday. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,  Mike Christy)  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

    Snow covers a fairway in the morning hours before before play resumes for the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. A snow storm blanketed the course on Wednesday suspending the first round of play and postponing it until later in the day on Thursday. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mike Christy) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Practice balls sit in frozen snow on the practice range before play resumes for the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Marana, Ariz.  A snow storm blanketed the course on Wednesday suspending the first round of play and postponing it until late Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Practice balls sit in frozen snow on the practice range before play resumes for the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. A snow storm blanketed the course on Wednesday suspending the first round of play and postponing it until late Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

  • A grounds keeper walks along a snow-covered fairway before the start of the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Marana, Ariz.  A snow storm blanketed the course on Tuesday suspending the first round of play and postponing it until late Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    A grounds keeper walks along a snow-covered fairway before the start of the first round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. A snow storm blanketed the course on Tuesday suspending the first round of play and postponing it until late Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

The snow is gone from the Match Play Championship, and so are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

In a stunning conclusion Thursday, Shane Lowry made a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to eliminate McIlroy in the opening round of golf's most unpredictable tournament. It was the third time in the last four years the No. 1 seed went home after one round.

Moments later, Charles Howell III beat the second-seeded Woods on the 17th hole. Howell nearly holed a wedge for birdie on the 16th and made a 25-foot birdie on the 16th to seize control.

It was the first time since 2002 when the top two seeds were eliminated after one day — even though this round took two days because of snow.