Friday, February 22, 2008

Tiger, Vijay Gut Out Wins

Arron Baddeley played perhaps the round of his life today in the Accenture Match Play Championships against Tiger Woods, and still it wasn't good enough. 10 birdies and a bogey in 20 holes. Baddeley had chances to end the match on both the 18th and 19th holes, but both times he missed. With Baddeley playing so well, Woods had to bring his "A Game" today, and he most certainly did. Woods had 11 birdies and a bogey in his first 19 holes and then rolled in a 13-foot birdie putt on the 20th hole to finally end the match. Woods will take on K.J. Choi tomorrow in the round of 8.

20 holes though was nothing in terms of overtime play today. After beating "the Tiger slayer" Niklas Fasth yesterday, Vijay Singh had to go SEVEN extra holes to win his match today against Rod Pampling. In contrast to the Tiger-Baddeley match though, this one was a virtual snooze-fest. Singh only made three birdies all day to go with his two bogeys, but it was good enough as Pampling could only manage four birdies of his own. Bogeys were his undoing as he had four of them on the day including a fatal one on the par-5 25th hole.

Live coverage of the quarterfinals (elite-8) can be seen starting Saturday morning at 10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT on the Golf Channel. NBC takes over coverage with the semi-finals starting at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT.


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