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Day 1 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

When Tiger Woods got called out in 2006 by Stephen Ames, he steamrolled him 9 and 8 for the most lopsided win in the history of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. In a possible sign of just how far Woods has fallen, he could only muster a 1-up victory over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano after being called out by him on Monday.

Their match was more about who would beat himself rather than beat their opponent. Both players struggled with errant tee shots, approach shots and missed opportunities on the green. Fernandez-Castano had a chance to tie the match on No. 18, but his 10-foot birdie putt slid by.

“I think if there was one day to beat Tiger Woods, this was it,” Fernandez-Castano said. “I didn’t take the opportunity. I missed a few shots, and, of course, you can’t miss shots if you want to beat one of the greatest in history.”

His opponent the next round, Nick Watney, dispelled of British Open champion, Darren Clarke, 5 and 4. Watney had a three-hole lead after five holes and never let Clarke into the match.

Another Butch Harmon disciple, Gary Woodland, struggled as well, losing 4 and 2 to Charl Schwartzel. Woodland, making his match play debut, bogeyed five holes and never had a chance in the match. While it is early in his relationship with Harmon, you have to wonder if Woodland is wishing he were back with his former coach, Randy Smith, and manager, Blake Smith (Randy’s son).

The upset of the day went to Ernie Els. Els demolished world No. 1, Luke Donald, 5 and 4. Last year, Donald never trailed in a match. Against Els this year, he never lead. With the loss, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy both have a chance to become No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings depending on their finish this week.

Westwood and McIlroy both continued their quest to get to No. 1 with victories over Nicholas Colsaerts and George Coetzee, respectively. Neither player was ever in much danger of losing their match, although McIlroy lost No. 16 and No. 17 before making par on No. 18 to close out Coetzee. Westwood will be looking to get past the second round for the first time in 11 tries at the match play tournament.

Keegan Bradley may have a spitting problem but on Wednesday, Geoff Ogilvy had a Keegan Bradley problem. Bradley had six birdies and one eagle to go along with no bogeys in beating Ogilvy 4 and 3. Bradley will face “The Mechanic,” Miguel Angel Jimenez, in the next round after besting Sergio Garcia 2 and 1.

Steve Stricker returned to competition after taking five weeks off after the Sony Open. Stricker took time to rest the herniated disk in his neck and work on strengthening the area. Stricker defeated Kevin Na 2 and 1, taking the lead on the 12th hole and finishing Na off on No. 17.

The most disappointed player flying home has to be Rafael Cabrera Bello. Cabrera Bello had a three-hole lead after five holes against Jason Day and a three-hold lead with three holes left. But Day fought back to force extra holes with two pars and a birdie on No. 18. Day finished off Cabrera Bello on the first extra hole with a 4-foot birdie to win.

The 15 matches won by the lower seed were the most since the first year of the event in 1999. Robert Rock and Matteo Manassero, both No. 15 seeds, won their matches to move on to the second round.

The match of the day tomorrow figures to be Nick Watney and Tiger Woods. Watney comes in hot after his trouncing victory over Darren Clarke, while Woods will be looking to regain some of the form he had early at Pebble Beach.

Round 2 coverage begins at 12 p.m. EST on Golf Channel.

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  1. Gifted Golfer

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for the news! I will be watching.

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A new handicap system is here, or rather, it will be once the USGA and R&A begin to fully implement the World Handicap System in 2020.

The new system focuses on achieving three main objectives: 1) encouraging as many golfers as possible to maintain a handicap, 2) enabling golfers of different abilities, genders, and nationalities to compete fairly, and 3) determining the score a golfer is reasonably capable of shooting at any particular course anywhere in the world.

Currently there are six handicapping systems worldwide, owing to the existence of six handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Under the new program, the USGA and R&A will oversee the World Handicap System and the governing bodies will be in charge of local administration.

The USGA presents the WHS as a better system that simplifies the existing structures. Not surprisingly, the organization believes the WHS will compel more golfers to maintain a handicap.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis sees the new system marching arm-in-arm with the revisions to (and simplification of) the Rules of Golf.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

Key features of the WHS include:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”
  • A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and R&A conducted quantitative research in 15 countries around the world. 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed.

The research also helped model the tenets of the WHS, but, as mentioned, don’t tear up your GHIN cards just yet: We’ve only just begun the two-year transition period prior to the implementation.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, golfers can email the USGA at whsfeedback@usga.org, or see usga.org/whs for more info.

Additionally, the USGA created this FAQ.

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