THE AUSTRALIAN contingent had a poor second day at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship with Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby and Adam Scott all heading home.
With No. 1 seed Steve Stricker outed during the first round, defending champion Ogilvy seemed to be in the box seat but he couldn’t beat a very determined Camilo Villegas (2 & 1).
Scott and Allenby were both downed by Englishmen, Scott beaten by Ian Poulter 2 and 1 and Allenby thrashed by Luke Donald 6 and 5.
DEFENDING champion Geoff Ogilvy is into the second round of the WGC-Accenture World Match Play Championship along with fellow Aussies Robert Allenby and Adam Scott after all claimed first round victories in Arizona today.
Unfortunately, rising star Michael Sim was beaten by 18 year old Japanese superstar Ryo Ishikawa in a much touted young gun match that went down to the wire.
Also out on day one in Arizona was No. 1 seed Steve Stricker and there were a number of other upsets at a Dove Mountain resort buzzing with the news of Tiger Woods’ impending public appearance.
Ogilvy cruised to a resounding 7 and 5 thrashing of Sweden’s Alexander Noren and will now take on Camilo Villegas, who beat in-form Dustin Johnson 4 and 3.
Allenby also had a solid victory beating Peter Hanson 4 and 2, while Adam Scott outed US Masters winner Angel Cabrera 3 and 2.
Sim and Ishikawa traded blows and the lead throughout their closely fought match before two superb approach shots on 17 and 18 and subsequent birdies by the young Japanese saw Sim join the 32 golfers going home after the first round.
Australian television coverage will resume on Ten’s ONE HD at 6am Friday.