Woods loses to O'Hern at Match Play

Feb 24, 2007 - 12:28 AM By Andrew Both PA SportsTicker Golf Writer

MARANA, Arizona (Ticker) - Tiger Woods' winning streak in PGA Tour events is over.

The world's top player, Woods was eliminated in a huge upset by Australian Nick O'Hern on Friday in the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Having won his last seven PGA Tour sanctioned events, the top-seeded Woods endured a 1-up loss to the fourth-seeded O'Hern on the second extra hole.

Woods got off to a shaky start, falling 4-down after seven holes. However, he was able to claw his way back into the match.

Woods made a clutch five-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to tie it up, then seemed poised to win it on the first extra hole before he missed a four-footer.

At the second extra hole, Woods made another bogey, leaving O'Hern with a 13-foot putt to win it. The lefthander converted to secure his spot in the quarterfinals and end Woods' winning streak.

A day after eliminating fourth-seeded Phil Mickelson from the World Golf Championship, Englishman Justin Rose was just as impressive in a 3 and 2 trouncing of American Charles Howell, who only last Sunday won the Nissan Open.

Pars at the first seven holes were enough to put Rose 3-up. He birdied the next two holes to go 5-up at the turn and take a stranglehold on the match in which he won 3 and 2, closing it out with a birdie at the par-3 16th hole.

"Starting out into the wind, five or six really tough holes, I hit a lot of good iron shots and made some good pars," said the ninth-seeded Rose. "I realized on the front nine anyway, par was going to be a good score.

"The way I'm playing now, I feel very comfortable with my game, so I felt confident about not making too many unforced errors, which is difficult to beat in match play in those conditions."

England's Paul Casey had to work to beat American Shaun Micheel in a rematch of the final at the World Match Play Championship last September.

But the outcome was the same as Casey emerged with a 2-up victory.

It came right down to the final hole, where Micheel narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie chance. Casey then two-putted from nine feet to win the match.

"I dodged a bullet there," Casey said. "I was lucky to get away with that."

Casey's quarterfinal opponent will be defending champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia. Ogilvy outlasted Swede Niclas Fasth, 2 and 1.

Henrik Stenson of Sweden had no trouble in his match, making short work of Australian Aaron Baddeley, 4 and 3. Englishman Ian Poulter bowed out, beaten 2 and 1 by South African Trevor Immelman.

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