Match play golf is a peculiar breed. As Martin Kaymer put it yesterday, "you only have one enemy." Beating that one enemy is the only thing required to move on. Tiger Woods was matched in his second round to Nick Watney. Although Woods was favored in the match, Watney was the lower seed. I took Watney to win the match but did not expect the quality of play from both players that was exhibited in round two.
After an up and down start, Watney got to a two shot lead which he kept until the 16th hole. After an errant tee shot by Watney, Woods was able to hit his ball on the green. Watney made bogey and Tiger climbed within one shot. Woods had an opportunity on 17 but didn't capitalize. He would have to shoot a lower score than Nick on the last hole if he was to move on. Tiger's drive was perfect and his second shot landed within six feet of the hole. Watney missed the green with his second. He was conceded a par which left Woods with a birdie putt to force extra holes. Tiger missed his putt and lost the round.
Woods' play was better than I expected. He faced a very difficult competitor in Watney and had an obvious affect on his fellow golfer. However, it was his putter that let him down in the end. Woods' putting has been less than spectacular in recent weeks and is really the only club that is holding him back. I expect him to work mostly on this essential part of his game as he convalesces from the loss.
Other notable players to advanced in Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. All had a relatively easy time in their second round matches and look forward to future matches. I was most impressed with how dominating Dustin Johnson was in his match with Francesco Molinari, beating the Italian golfer 7 & 5. He will face Mark Wilson tomorrow in a round that is sure to be exciting.
My pick to win the tournament was Luke Donald, but after he was eliminated in the first round by Ernie Els, I really do not know what to expect. Lee Westwood has reached the third round for the first time in his career. If the golfer win the tournament, he will become the top ranked player in the world. Here is to three more days of exciting match play and may the best man win.
I am an avid golf fan. I enjoy playing recreational on local courses and watching the PGA Tour. I also like keeping up to date with all the new faces to the game.
- Tiger Woods
- Nick Watney