Tiger Woods finally got underway in the late afternoon in his match against Charles Howell III. / Darren Carroll, Getty Images
MARANA, Ariz. - Finally, after snowstorms, cold fronts and morning frost, the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play resumed its first round on Thursday.
And then the upsets began.
The biggest came as darkness fell, when Shane Lowry knocked out world No. 1 Rory McIlroy 1 up.
"Deep down I knew I could beat him. I'm not here for no reason," Lowry said. "I'm not here to make up the numbers. I was quite nervous starting off. I handed him a few holes early, but he handed me a few back later on in the round. And this is match play, and I got a few breaks where I needed them, and I'm just fortunate to win."
Shortly thereafter, Charles Howell III knocked out a second No. 1 seed, Tiger Woods 2 and 1.
"We both played well," Woods said. "We didn't make a bogey in the group. He made a couple more birdies than I did."
"I played with nothing to lose," Howell said. "In this format, match play is a crazy thing. â?¦ I knew I had to play extremely well to have a chance, and I still kept waiting for that Tiger moment. He hit his second shot into 15 from the fairway, looked awfully good, but it pitched long, and his tee shot on 16 never left the flag. He missed that putt."
And so the two biggest drawing cards, Woods and McIlroy, are out in the first round.
Those weren't the only upsets.
Rookie Russell Henley, a 14 seed, took down former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel 1 up.
Schwartzel came in as one of the hotter players in golf, with two victories, two seconds, two thirds and a fifth dating back to last fall.
That was followed quickly by a second 14 vs. 3 upset, Richard Sterne defeated Jason Dufner 1 up.
Tim Clark, a No. 15 seed, defeated No. 2 seed Adam Scott 2 and 1. Clark has had big wins here before, including a 2009 victory against Tiger Woods, then a 1 seed.
No. 15 Rafael Cabrera Bello also ousted a No. 2 seed, Lee Westwood, 1 up after 19 holes.
Dustin Johnson, a No. 4 seed who opened the season with a victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, continued his struggles. Johnson, who lost to Alexander Noren 6 and 4, has withdrawn, tied for 51st and missed back-to-back cuts coming into this week.
In another 4-13 upset, No. 13 Marcus Fraser held off No. 4 Keegan Bradley 1 up.
Match Play results
Sergio Garcia (12), Spain, vs. Thongchai Jaidee (53) Thailand, 20 holes.
Matt Kuchar (21), United States, def. Hiroyuki Fujita (44), Japan, 3 and 2.
Ian Poulter (11), England, def. Stephen Gallacher (54), Scotland, 2 and 1.
Bo Van Pelt (22), United States, def. John Senden (43), Australia, 6 and 5.
Russell Henley (56), United States, def. Charl Schwartzel (9), South Africa, 1 up.
Jason Day (41) Australia, def. Zach Johnson (24), United States, 6 and 5.
Richard Sterne (55), South Africa, def. Jason Dufner (10), United States, 1 up.
Hunter Mahan (23), United States, def. Matteo Manassero (42), Italy, 5 and 4.
Justin Rose (5), England, def. K.J. Choi (60), South Korea, 2 and 1.
Nicolas Colsaerts (37), Belgium, def. Bill Haas (28), United States, 5 and 4.
Tim Clark (59), South Africa, def. Adam Scott (6), Australia, 2 and 1.
Thorbjorn Olesen (38), Denmark, def. Jamie Donaldson (27), 3 and 2.
Bubba Watson (8), United States, def. Chris Wood (37), England, 2 and 1.
Jim Furyk (25), United States, def. Ryan Moore (40), United States, 4 and 2.
Rafael Cabrera Bello (58), Spain, def. Lee Westwood (7), England, 19 holes.
Martin Kaymer (26), Germany, def. George Coetzee (39), South Africa, 2 and 1.
Marcus Fraser (52), Australia, def. Keegan Bradley (13), United States, 1 up.
Fredrik Jacobson (45), Sweden, def. Ernie Els (20), South Africa, 1 up.
Steve Stricker (14), United States, def. Henrik Stenson (51), Sweden, 5 and 4.
Nick Watney (19), United States, def. David Toms (46), United States, 5 and4.
Alexander Noren (49), Sweden, def. Dustin Johnson (16), United States, 6 and 4.
Graeme McDowell (17), Northern Ireland, def. Padraig Harrington (48), Ireland, 2 up.
Webb Simpson (15), United States, def. David Lynn (50), England, 5 and 4.
Peter Hanson (18), Sweden, def. Thomas Bjorn (47), Denmark, 3 and 2.
Louis Oosthuizen (4), South Africa, def. Richie Ramsay (61), Australia, 2 and 1.
Robert Garrigus (36), United States, def. Branden Grace (29), South Africa, 4 and 3.
Luke Donald (3), England, def. Marcel Siem (62), Germany, 1 up.
Scott Piercy (35), United States, def. Paul Lawrie (30), Scotland, 4 and 3.
Shane Lowry (64), Ireland, def. Rory McIlroy (1), Northern Ireland, 1 up.
Charles Howell III (63), United Stated, def. Tiger Woods (2), United States, 2 and 1.
Did Not Finish
Carl Pettersson (33), Sweden, leads Rickie Fowler (32), United States, 1 up through 17 holes.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (31), all square with Francesco Molinari (34), Italy, through 15 holes.
NOTE: The 16 second-round matches will all be held Friday after the 4Â½-hour delay Thursday before the restart. The third round and quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday, and the semifinals and finals will be Sunday.
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