Watson the last man standing
Last updated: 23rd February 2013
A day after top seeds Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were knocked out of the Accenture Match Play Championship, only number eight seed Bubba Watson was left in the tournament following the demise of several other seeded players in the second round.
Watson, the current Masters champion, had some nervy moments of his own during his match against Jim Furyk, missing two relatively easy puts before finally putting the veteran American away on the 22nd hole.
The 32-year-old Watson's win means that for the first time since 1999 that there will be only one seeded player left in the event after the first two rounds.
"This game ... it's a toss-up. You can't really judge who's going to win, or bet who's going to win," Watson noted after his round.
World number three Luke Donald was dealt his worst loss ever in the event, going down 7 and 6 to Scott Piercy. The 34-year-old Piercy started like a house on fire, winning the first three holes before holing a 221-yard four-iron shot on the fifth.
The former world number one had now answer to that and was unceremoniously dumped out.
Then it was fourth seed Louis Oosthuizen's turn to be send packing against Robert Garrigus, who secured his win over the former Open champion on the 16th hole. In the third round he'll face Tyson Day, who needed a great putt on the 18th before finally edging out rookie Russell Henley on the 19th.
Fifth seeded Justin Rose was also sent packing on Friday, coming up short 4 and 2 to Nicolas Colsaerts.
Shane Lowry made a little bit of history in the second round though, becoming the first number 64 to book his place in the third round of the tournament. After shocking Rory McIlroy on Thursday, he easily beat Carl Pettersson 6 and 5.
Charles Howell III, who beat Tiger Woods in the first round, looked out of his touch in his second round match against Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and lost 6 and 5.
Hunter Mahan, the defending champion, recorded his eighth consecutive win after he easily beat Richard Sterne. In the next match, he will play the man to last beat him in this event - German former world number one Martin Kaymer.
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