Rory and Tiger both falter in the desert

The WGC Accenture Match Play action resumed today under sunny skies and cool temperatures.  Play was delayed for several hours while yesterday’s unexpected snow accumulation was cleared from the greens.  World #1 Rory Mcilroy was ousted by friend and fellow Northern Irishman Shane Lowry.  World #2 Tiger Woods fell to good buddy and practice partner Charles Howell III (who claimed in all the recreational matches they had played back in Orlando FL, he had never defeated Tiger!).  A couple of matches could not be completed as darkness fell and will resume tomorrow with coverage beginning early, 11:30 am EST.  Round 2 will follow.

Notables who did advance today were: Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Fredrik Jacobson, Nick Watney, Luke McDonald, Louis Oosthuizen and Graeme McDowell.

Other big names who failed to move on include Adam Scott, Charles Schwartzel, Bill Haas and Jason Duffner.

Rory and Tiger will have to wait until next week when both will be in action at the Honda Classic.  Meanwhile, stay tuned for tomorrow’s action from the desert.  Hopefully, warmer temperatures are in the forecast.

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