Marana, AZ - Tiger Woods' woes continue.
Woods, the No. 1 seed in the Sam Snead bracket, was knocked off by Thomas Bjorn, 1-up, on the first extra hole Wednesday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Woods, a three-time former champion of this event, pulled some old magic out of his hat on the 18th hole at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club. He was 1-down with one to play, but knocked his approach just inside 10 feet and rolled home the birdie putt to square the match and head back to the first.
Then, the new Woods emerged.
He hit his drive right into bushes and a cactus and couldn't even advance his ball to the fairway with his second shot. Woods finally did with his third, but Bjorn knocked his approach just off the back edge. Woods hit his fourth 20 feet right of the flag.
Woods needed to make his putt and hope Bjorn couldn't get up and down. Bjorn chipped fairly close and Woods couldn't hole the bogey putt. He took off his cap, walked over to Bjorn and conceded the match.
"I had it right there. I had the momentum going into this 19th hole," Woods said in a televised interview. "And I blew it.
"Then here on 19, it's an easy fairway to put the ball in the fairway and I can't even do that."
It was only the second time Woods lost in the first round of this championship. Peter O'Malley beat him in the first round in 2002 when Woods was the No. 1 overall seed.
Woods was the only No. 1 seed to lose on Wednesday.
Lee Westwood, ranked first overall, beat Henrik Stenson, 3 & 2, in the Bobby Jones bracket.
Phil Mickelson, the top player in the Ben Hogan bracket, had an easy time against Brendan Jones. Mickelson toppled the Aussie, 6 & 5.
"My opponent is a heck of a player, but he hit two or three into the desert and ended up giving me a few holes, which ultimately was the difference," said Mickelson.
Martin Kaymer, No. 1 in the Gary Player bracket, destroyed Seung-Yul Noh, 7 & 6, for Wednesday's most lopsided victory.
But the story was obviously Woods.
He was 2-down after eight holes, but was conceded victories at both the ninth and 10th.
"I saw that spring in his step," Bjorn said in a televised interview.
Woods won 11 to go 1-up, but Bjorn beat him on the par-five 13th to square the match.
Bjorn took the lead at the 15th. He was conceded birdie, but Woods missed a six-foot birdie save. Woods was given a gift on 16 when Bjorn didn't make him putt an almost four-footer to halve the hole.
"It was one of those days. We were quite good to each other," Bjorn said of the conceded putt.
At the 17th, Bjorn missed a 20-foot birdie putt and Woods had less than 10 feet for birdie to square the match. He missed the putt, then won 18 before falling on the first extra hole.
"I had two easy up-and-downs today for birdie on the back nine and I hit two atrocious chips," Woods said. "I missed a couple putts. On 17, missed a putt I should make every time."
Bjorn will face another multiple winner of this championship on Thursday. He drew Geoff Ogilvy, who knocked off Padraig Harrington, 4 & 3.
Other winners in the Snead bracket were: No. 2 seed and runner-up last year Paul Casey, Ernie Els, who was 3-down at one point, two-time winner this season Mark Wilson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and J.B. Holmes, who got into the field when Tim Clark withdrew on Tuesday.
Steve Stricker was the only No. 2 seed who lost on Wednesday. Stricker, second in the Jones bracket, fell 2 & 1 to 17-year-old Matteo Manassero, and the young Italian will face Charl Schwartzel on Thursday after Schwartzel needed two extra holes to eliminate Ryo Ishikawa.
Westwood will meet Nick Watney in round two. K.J. Choi, Ryan Moore, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari all advanced to the second round in the Jones bracket.
Mickelson has the most intriguing second-round contest. He will face his Ryder Cup teammate Rickie Fowler, who moved on with a 1-up win over Peter Hanson.
Stewart Cink knocked off the defending champion Ian Poulter in the Hogan bracket and will tackle former PGA Champion Y.E. Yang on Thursday. No. 2 seed Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Bo Van Pelt and Ross Fisher also won on Wednesday.
Kaymer's next opponent in the Player bracket will be Justin Rose, who won in the last match on the course Wednesday.
Ryan Palmer defeated No. 3 seed Jim Furyk, 2-up and gets Miguel Angel Jimenez on Thursday. Robert Karlsson, Hunter Mahan, Ben Crane and No. 2 seed Rory McIlroy also claimed victories in round one.
NOTES: Eight matches went extra holes on Wednesday, a new record, topping the old mark from 2006...In Woods' televised interview with Roger Maltbie, he didn't say when his next tournament would be...Steve Stricker turned 44 on Thursday.