Match Play: Top seed Kaymer survives

2011-02-24T17:30:00Z 2011-02-24T17:30:07Z Match Play: Top seed Kaymer survivesRyan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 24, 2011 5:30 pm  • 

Martin Kaymer survived an upset attempt in today’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but was able to chip his way to victory. Kaymer’s nifty chip from a sand trap allowed him to outlast Justin Rose in 20 holes.

Phil Mickelson was eliminated from the event today by Rickie Fowler, a 22-year-old with a Justin Bieber haircut and Lady Gaga wardrobe.

Lee Westwood, meanwhile, just turned green.

Two of the top three remaining seeds were ousted in today's second round, played at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

Rickie Fowler, wearing a hot pink hat, shirt and spikes, rolled third-seeded Mickelson 6 and 5. The top-seeded Westwood failed to advance to the third round for the 12th time in his Match Play career, failing 1-up to Nick Watney after he missed a putt on the 18th green.

Westwood trailed 2-down after 10 holes. He halved seven of the final eight holes, and won one. Still, it wasn't enough to get him past the streaky American.

Mickelson and Westwood weren't the only crowd favorites to lose today.

Former Match Play runners-up Stewart Cink and Paul Casey and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy were all bounced in their second rounds. Y.E. Yang defeated Cink 4 and 2, while Jason Day rolled Paul Casey 4-up.

Ben Crane pulled off the tournament's biggest upset, defeating Rory McIlroy 8 and 7. McIlroy, the Northern Ireland star, conceded the match on the 11th green.

Play continues through Sunday.

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