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Tiger Woods loses to Nick Watney at Match Play Championship

The former No. 1 golfer in the world misses a five-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that could have tied the match.

February 23, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Tiger Woods, left, shakes hands with Nick Watney on the 18th hole after Watney defeated him in the second round of the World Match Play Championship.
Tiger Woods, left, shakes hands with Nick Watney on the 18th hole after Watney… (Christian Petersen/Getty…)

Nick Watney defeated Tiger Woods 1-up Thursday in the second round of theWGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. when Woods, who had a chance to send the match to a 19th hole, missed a five-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Watney will face Lee Westwood, the former No. 1 player, whom he has beaten in each of the last two years.

Woods missed three birdie putts inside 10 feet over the last six holes, and the last one was the biggest.

Watney was preparing to go to extra holes when Woods missed.

"I'm definitely in a little bit of shock," he told the Associated Press.

It is the third straight year Woods has failed to get past the second round at this event.

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