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Brace For Impact: Tiger And Rory In Race To Tucson Airport

Doug Ferguson says it's the first time since '02 that the top two seeds are gone from the WGC Accenture Match Play.

Kudos to Golf Channel/NBC for a killer final hour of coverage in the dark and cold, even if Roger Maltbie started moaning about the dark and cold way too early and we had to hear Gary Koch say the world "lengthy" 132 times Thursday.

Let the analysis of Nike's two stars begin!

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I hope Roger Maltbie doesn't get sick.

How long until the darkness is blamed for the two #1 seeds' losses?
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
What is going on with the world rankings? Who are these guys? This seems like the European Match Play!
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEagle 1
I think we can safely concluded that as much as Tiger dislikes desert golf, he truly hates Dove Mtn. How else do you explain continuing to play after the greens weren't really readable and you couldn't see the ball? But give the credit to Charles Howell 3 he played a really nice match under relatively adverse conditions.

As to Rory he played like a guy who has barely played this year.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Roger really did sound old today for the first time but you left out Koch's other favorite: just a moment ago. And you are right Geoff, great coverage at the end by NBC in the dark and misery. Unfortunately it will probably be the most exciting day of the event.

They have to leave this course. It's plainly obvious everyone there is not having any fun.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
what a crappy golf course. is this the best WGC can do
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commentergmoore70
More concerned about Rory than I am about Tiger. Match play is flukey and CH3 played quite well. Don't think Tiger takes this event all that seriously and he no longer has the ability to just stop by and blow away the field. Rory on the other hand should be able to show up and blow away the field, but it doesn't seem like he's really making the effort to get going early in the season.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
You can bet the ranch Tiger will not play next yesr unless the event is played elsewhere.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfred jones
Oh well, Nike still has Oscar Pistorius. And, he's probably moved the global sports needle than any golfer ever has.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Phil Mickelson might have won this week already just by being on a beach somewhere.

I agree that a change of venue might breathe some life into the tourney. So much potential - shouldn't feel as flat as it does.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPJ
Tiger played solid but CHIII was very good today. I think this was the only march with no bogeys on the card. Rory's swing still looks a bit loose to this admittedly uneducated eye.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSari
Rors will be fine. Losing in the snow to a guy who on the back nine chipped in twice and made an eagle won't leave a mark. I can't believe more of the top 10 don't skip this event.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChema
Why do they persist with a 84 man field. Why not 16 or better yet top eight. I ran through the draws before it started and I couldn't id a significant number of players. Quite a few others I couldn't put a face too, just a name. Have the top 8 with a 36 hole round robin 1,4,6, 8 / 2,3, 5, 7 draw. 36 holes wed, thurs, fri. top two in each flight for semis on Sat, and two draw winners on Sunday. Now that would be something.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
tiger flew by flags 10-15 yards down the stretch...guess thats what happens when you play 4 holes as your practice round
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUmp
Tiger's putting was abysmal today.

This was glossed over.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeelan
@ Abu Dhabi Golfer - re: " they are hoping that their man was just "a good guy with a gun" mistaking a blonde model for an intruder!"

Great point - Always tough to know if you are taking out a loved one, a blonde model, or a dangerous intruder when you shoot someone through a door without determining who they are first. - If that is what happened?

Funny how these post comments can get us further from the original subject than a Greg Norman approach shot at the 72nd hole of a major! Cheers.
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
This is the reason TV hates match play. Howell and Lowery have almost no chance against McIlwoods over 72 holes of stroke play, and they know it. But 18 holes of match play, when a big number only puts you 1 down, the underdog has much more confidence which is reflected in their play. Lowry's short game was unbelievable yesterday.
announcers were going on and on about why tiger decided to continue play on the last 2 holes being 2 down. why he wouldn't want to come back tomorrow and stop due to darkness.

seriously?...why would tiger have a better chance to win two holes the next day, and why would he want to stick around another night just to be forced to come out for maybe one hole tomorrow. 2 dwn with 2 to play, just get on with it and then fire up the private jet and get home. i don't blame him one bit
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnor
Anyway, he can see in the dark. He won another WGC back in the day in the dark -- I remember some fantastic shot from behind a tree. Must have been about 2002 or 2003. One of those events where everyone was dithering about whether to call play -- final round -- he just wanted to get on with it. And then showed them why. One of his finest hours.

The Lowry thing is not that much of a shock. He is unlikely to survive too far, but he is a somewhat underestimated player.RedNeck or Fowler would be well advised not to take him for granted.
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
I think the pilot got a call to get the catering on board and fire up the engines when Tiger was on the 17th tee. Plus it saved $ for a hotel room. In this economy, you always want to save a buck.
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob
If I remember correctly, Accenture was the first major sponsor to cut ties with Tiger after that fateful Thanksgiving night.

I know Tiger's a competitor - no doubt (and most likely not too pleased about the loss)...but there has to be at least a tiny bit of him that's thinking: "Nice...FU, Accenture...good luck with those TV Ratings over the weekend."
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H
Did Poulter try to hitch a ride with Tiger?
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCavleer
Isn't there anyone they can find to replace Gary Koch, with his sing-song, condescending "I-told-you-so" tones? Perhaps something a little more grating to the ears?
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterH401

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