Tiger Woods is done at the 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship. The golfer lost his second-round match to Nick Watney after he missed a putt on the final hole. This was just one match on an exciting day at the event.
Even with Luke Donald out there was a lot for fans to enjoy. Best of all, the matches helped set up what should be an exciting third round. While Woods being eliminated is the big story of the second round, there were plenty of other things to talk about.
The most stunning thing about the Woods loss is that it wasn't an upset. Watney was the higher seed and is the better player right now. This loss should serve as proof that the talk of Woods being all the way back is premature. He did a lot of positive things at this tournament but still has a lot of work to do. Now we have to wait and see how he responds the next time he is on the course. We won't be seeing him over the weekend.
In other news, the three remaining top seeds all advanced to the third round. Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, and Rory McIlroy were all winners in the second round. They join two-seed Steve Stricker and three-seed Dustin Johnson as the only high seeds to make it past the first two rounds. Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel were the big upset victims of the day. Miguel Angel Jimenez is the lowest remaining seed after defeating Keegan Bradley. He entered the field 13th in the Gary Player bracket.
With the second round in the books there are plenty of matches to be excited about in the round of 16. The best match will pit Kaymer against Matt Kuchar. Both made runs to the semifinals in 2011, so they know what they are doing here. The winner of this match might have the inside track on to the title. The other featured match will come between Watney and Westwood. Watney has a momentum after beating Woods, but Westwood has looked sharp so far.
With all of the upsets so far, it is time to rethink the final four golfers. Right now, I would say that McIlroy, Johnson, Kuchar, and Watney will make the semifinals. All four look really good right now and that should continue for the next two rounds. When all is said and done, I think Kuchar takes home the biggest title of his career so far.* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. Follow him on Twitter here.
- Nick Watney
- Tiger Woods
- Lee Westwood