MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Different month, different desert, same shocking outcome.
Any thoughts of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods going head-to-head late Sunday afternoon came crashing down under darkening skies in the high desert of Dove Mountain. Just like the last time they got together in Abu Dhabi to start the season, they didn’t even make it to the weekend.
The Match Play Championship was even worse. They didn’t make it out of the first round.
“It happens,” Woods said. “It’s the nature of the format. You’ve just got to beat the guy you’re playing against, and I didn’t do that today. Chucky won the match.”
That would be Charles Howell III, who says he has never beaten Woods in any match and picked a fine time to end that streak.
Doing his best Tiger impersonation, the match was all square when Howell nearly holed out with a wedge for…
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