Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sweet 16 in Tucson

Monty in Full Swing.

Colin Montgomerie’s 1-up victory over Charles Howell III propelled him into the round of 16 Wednesday at the WGC Match Play Championships outside of Tucson, AZ.

His 5-7 overall record coming into the event wasn’t much to hang his hat upon. But the impressive Ryder Cup resume, 20-9-7 (wins-losses-draws), makes the 44 year-old Scot a force to reckon with in the Snead Bracket. A confident Montgomerie shared his thoughts on the tournament format after his victory.

“I do prefer playing one individual than I do playing 155 others. It’s easier,” Montgomerie said, “I don’t give holes away. I play a game that doesn’t give much away.”

Montgomerie, a #15 seed, faces Stewart Cink in the next round.

Sweet Sudden Death???

The Thursday matchups gave us some sudden death matches, as extra holes were needed to decide who would move on to the Sweet 16.

If you need ice water for blood, look no further than Steve Stricker, who sank a 50-footer on the 20th hole of the match to secure a victory. Stricker and Tiger Woods are the only two top-seeded players left, after Ernie Els bowed out in the first round to Jonathan Byrd (6 & 5) and Phil Mickelson fell to Stuart Appleby (2 & 1) on Thursday.

The matchup of K.J. Choi vs. Ian Poulter proved that the putter is the difference maker. Choi missed a 4-foot putt to halve the hole on #15, and a 25-foot putt made by Poulter on the 18th hole, sent the match into extra holes. Unfortunately for Poulter, his 5-foot miss on the first extra hole allowed Choi to advance to the next round, and send Poulter off to the showers.

Other extra hole finishes: Woody Austin def. Adam Scott (19), Henrik Stenson def. Trevor Immelman (25).

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MonkeyPosh said...

I lurve Ian Poulter and his flashy outfits. I actually did a blog post about him and my Mormon NON lover Mikey Wier.

Hope you are well Free!

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