Tiger ‘blew it’

2011-02-24 10:21

Arizona – Tiger Woods’ return to the Match Play Championship lasted just one day.

Moments after Woods made a vital crucial birdie putt on the 18th hole to extend his match yesterday, he hit a shocking 3-wood into the desert and took two shots to get back into the fairway. He ended up with a double bogey and lost in 19 holes to Thomas Bjorn.

It was only the second time that Woods has lost in the opening round, and he had good company among the top American seeds. Steve Stricker lost to 17-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero, while Jim Furyk was beaten by Ryan Palmer.

Asked what went wrong, Woods said simply: “I blew it.”

England’s Ian Poulter became the first defending champion in nine years to be eliminated in the first round.

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