Match Play notebook: Garcia loses waiting game

But Spaniard beats Thai, wins on second extra hole
2013-02-22T00:00:00Z Match Play notebook: Garcia loses waiting gamePatrick Finley and Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Sergio Garcia had 26 hours to think about one putt.

"I tried not to," the Spaniard said Thursday after beating Thongchai Jaidee in the first round of the snow-delayed WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships. "I kept myself busy.

"But obviously when you wake up today you do think about it.

"The more and more hours sitting and waiting and waiting and waiting obviously didn't help very much."

When the tournament was suspended Wednesday, Garcia was one 17-foot-3-inch putt on Hole 16 away from beating Jaidee.

Only he missed the first putt. And the second.

By three-putting 16, the No. 3-seeded Garcia gave Jaidee the hole.

"You don't really want to know what I was telling myself," Garcia said.

How did he turn the page?

"I'm not sure I did," he said.

The 43-year-old Thai birdied 18 to force extra holes.

Garcia thought he'd lost on the first one.

As Jaidee lined up a 10-foot putt to win, Garcia handed his caddie his gloves and removed his cap, the traditional pose of the losing player.

Jaidee's putt circled the cup and rimmed out.

"I thought he was playing with momentum," said Garcia, who plays Matt Kuchar today. "I probably deserved for him to make it."

Garcia won on the second extra hole, and said he wasn't going to stick around to hit at the driving range.

"I've had enough," he said.

Call me Bracket Buster

Russell Henley has been on the PGA Tour for less than two months and has entered just four tournaments as a professional.

It didn't stop him from pulling one of the biggest upsets of the opening day of Match Play.

The University of Georgia grad beat one of the world's hottest golfers, Charl Schwartzel 1 up to advance to today's second round.

Schwartzel, ranked No. 11 in the world, had finished in the top three in his last six tournaments, winning twice.

Henley was notified after his match that people were calling him Mr. Bracket Buster because of the win.

The 23-year-old from Macon, Ga., embraced it.

Asked if he'd rather be called Russell or Mr. Bracket Buster, Henley chose the nickname.

"Probably Bracket Buster," Henley said. "There's plenty of people with the name Russell, right, or a couple? Not many with the name Bracket Buster."

Henley will face Australian Jason Day today.

Sterne shines

When the world rankings were released Jan. 27, South African Richard Sterne was ranked No. 165 - or 101 spots away from qualifying for Match Play.

He jumped up to No. 94 after he finished second at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Then, the 31-year-old just got greedy and won the Joburg Open to jump all the way to No. 55 in the rankings.

Thursday, the No. 14 seed in the Gary Player bracket upset American Jason Dufner 1 up to advance to today's second round against defending champ Hunter Mahan.

"To get into here was quite special," Sterne said. "I had to win pretty much both events almost. Obviously my confidence is up."

Chip shots

• UA grad Jim Furyk had four birdies on the back nine to beat Ryan Moore 4 and 2. Furyk will face defending Masters champion Bubba Watson today in what might be the event's marquee match.

"He's just going to think his way around the golf course," Watson said of Furyk. "And I'm just going to beat it and try to fight it and try to make birdies."

• Former Oklahoma State golf teammates Alex Noren and Mahan advanced to the second round. Mahan, the defending champ, beat Matteo Manassero 5 and 4. Noren, a Swede, routed Dustin Johnson 6 and 4.

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