GEOFF Ogilvy and Jason Day are the only two Australians to have made it to the second round of the 2011 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.
On day one two-time champion Ogilvy comfortably beat fellow major winner Padraig Harrington 4 and 3 and a strong back nine from Day helped him to a 3 and 2 victory over Korean Kyung-Tae Kim.
Ogilvy will now meet Dane Thomas Bjorn who sensationally ousted Tiger Woods from the tournament on their 19th hole.
Woods said later he was “pissed” – as in not happy – with his play. He putt his drive on their first extra hole deep in the cactus at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club desert course at Dove Mountain and failed to sink many of the sorts of putts he used to eat for breakfast.
Day will be up against big hitting Englishman Paul Casey and hopefully will get some air time when the Australian television coverage resumes on ONE HD at 6am on Friday.
Australians Robert Allenby, Richard Green, Adam Scott and Brendan Jones were all eliminated.
Allenby lost 4 and 3 to Ross Fisher, Scott, trying a broomstick putter in an attempt to overcome his perennial putting woes, fell 4 and 2 to Ben Crane, Green went down on the 19th to Casey and Jones was soundly beaten 6 and 5 by Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson will now meet his young Ryder Cup teammate Rickie Fowler, who beat Peter Hanson 1 up.
Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, the youngest ever to play in the event, a tournament that pits the world’s best 64 golfers against each other, was another surprise winner on day one, ousting American Steve Stricker 2 and 1.
Manassero will meet Charl Schwartzel in second round, after the South African needed a 20th hole to overcome Japanese youngster Ryo Ishikawa.
Current world No.1 Lee Westwood and No.2 Martin Kaymer had comfortable wins, as England’s Westwood beat Henrik Stenson 3 and 2, and Germany’s Kaymer thrashed Seung-yul Noh 7 and 6.
Westwood will meet Nick Watney, after the American accounted for his countryman Anthony Kim 5 and 4.
KJ Choi beat Retief Goosen 1 up, while Ryan Moore had a 3 and 1 win over Italy’s Francesco Molinari.
Luke Donald had a comfortable win over Charlie Hoffman 6 and 5, while Edoardo Molinari fared better than his brother, winning 3 and 2 over Martin Laird.
Matt Kuchar eclipsed Anders Hansen in a 22-hole marathon, while Bo Van Pelt was 2 up on British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen.
Northern Ireland‘s Graeme McDowell accounted for Heath Slocum 4 and 3, while Stewart Cink defeated Ian Poulter on the 19th hole and YE Yang pipped Alvaro Quiros in the 20th hole.
Robert Karlsson and Hunter Mahan had comfortable round one wins, and the pair will meet in the second round.
Rory McIlroy beat Jonathan Byrd 4 and 2, Ryan Palmer ended Jim Furyk’s week with a 2 up victory and Miguel Jimenez finished 2 and 1 over Yuta Ikeda.
Mark Wilson and Ernie Else both won 19-hole thrillers against Dustin Johnson and Jeff Overton respectively, while Bubba Watson accounted for Bill Hass 3 and 2 and JB Holmes outplayed Camilo Villegas 4 and 2.
The WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship is being telecast on ONE HD from 6am to 10am Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (With possible overruns as happened on Thursday.