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WGC-Accenture Day 2: Watney takes out Tiger, Snedeker edges Stanley (again)

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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

In what has become a familiar refrain, Tiger Woods’ putter failed him again in his match against Nick Watney. Woods, who used to be so well known for clutch putting, couldn’t even sniff the hole on a 5-foot birdie putt to tie Watney on No. 18.

“I didn’t miss a single shot coming in, which is good,” Woods said. “And that was fun, to hit the ball that well. Unfortunately, I just didn’t make a putt when I needed it.”

To say he didn’t make a putt is like saying Woods has had minor struggles the last two years. This was Woods match for the taking, but he failed to make any of the three 10-foot putts he had on the final six holes, handing the victory to Watney.

“I’m very happy to move on,” Watney said. “I feel a bit fortunate, as well. We don’t see him miss putts like that very often. And there were a few of them.”

In what will likely be the feature match on Friday, Watney moves on to face Lee Westwood. Westwood, by beating Robert Karlsson, already has his best finish ever at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Steve Stricker celebrated his 45th birthday in style with a 1-up victory over Louis Oosthuizen. Stricker would be the oldest winner of the Accenture Match Play Championship, but Hunter Mahan may have something to say about that.

Mahan dominated Y.E. Yang 5 and 3, winning holes No. 4 through 8 and never looking back.

“I was swinging nice,” Mahan said. “Hit a lot of good shots. It was all clicking.”

Another player with everything clicking, Dustin Johnson, trounced Francesco Molinari for the most lopsided victory of this year’s championship. Johnson had a five-hole lead after nine and finished off Molinari on No. 13. Johnson will be looking for revenge against Mark Wilson, who knocked Johnson out of last year. In a match of contrasts, Johnson will look to over power the course with his prodigious length, while Wilson will stick to his steady play and impressive putting.

In a third round match that could produce a dark horse candidate for winner, Jon Senden faces Sang-Moon Bae. Senden looks to build on his 6 and 5 victory over countryman Jason Day. Bae, a relative unknown from South Korea, may have the two most impressive victories thus far, defeating former champion, Ian Poulter in Round 1 and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel in Round 2.

“The Mechanic,” Miguel Angel Jimenez, defeated the up and down Keegan Bradley. Bradley who was on fire in Round 1, never lead against Jimenez. Jimenez started the day winning three -traight holes to go 3-up and finished off Bradley on No. 17 with a birdie. Jimenez will next face Rory McIlroy, who defeated Anders Hansen 3 and 2.

In a match sure to bring back bad memories, Brandt Snedeker beat Kyle Stanley 2 and 1. Stanley lost in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open to Snedeker after having a three shot lead heading into the last hole. Again, Stanley lost it late with Snedeker birding Nos. 15 and 16 to take a 2-up lead. Snedeker will move on to face Peter Hansen who easily handled Ernie Els 5 and 4, one day after Els defeated top ranked Luke Donald.

Round 3 coverage begins at 12 p.m. EST on the Golf Channel.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Fort Worth Invitational

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Absolutely savage new putter cover for Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm. Just killer.

Prettier than a new penny.

Spotted: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Everything here is excellent. Just excellent.

More like Garsen Murray. Am I right?

If you were Aaron Wise standing over the winning putt at last week’s Byron Nelson, this is what it’d have looked like (of course, you’d have had a ball and the putter would be soled on the green, but you get the point…)

Abraham Ancer’s new Artisan wedges are simply incredible… All of this: Artisan star stellar stuff.

Rickie Fowler has gone grape.

You can’t fool me. You’re not Adam Hadwin, you’re a golf bag.

Is Patrick Cantlay considering a switch to a Cameron Napa?

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

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Aaron Wise’s Winning Outfit: 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational

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The 21-year-old Aaron Wise pulled off a three-shot victory at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational — his first win on Tour. If you want to see the clubs he used, click here.

In addition to our Winning WITB series, where we show the clubs, shafts and specs from the winning player every week, we will also highlight the apparel they wore in our all-new Winning Outfit series. This is the first edition, and we hope you enjoy!

GolfWRX’s Resident Fashion Expert Jordan Madley says:

“First off congrats to Aaron Wise on his first win on Tour, but even more on his outfit choice for the final round. From a lady’s perspective, if you train hard, show off the hard work! Aaron, a Nike athlete neck to toe, showed off his lean physique in a Nike Zonal Cool polo, their slim-fitting flex pant, a stretch woven belt and finished it off with Lunar Command 2 kicks. The dark tones meant he was ready for war on Sunday and it worked!”

GolfWRX’s non-fashion-expert (but occasional fashion designer) Editor Andrew Tursky says:

“Wise went pretty conservative for his Sunday outfit. He was probably a little nervous trying to get his first victory and didn’t want to be too loud. Don’t get too fancy when it’s winning time; a good lesson for the folks at home. That’s not to say this outfit wasn’t sharp, though. White hat and white shoes is a great look, especially paired with the grey shirt and black pants/belt. Hits of white on the shirt with the Nike Swooshes bring it all together. Solid look here.”

Aaron’s Winning Outfit

Hat: Callaway Tour Authentic

Polo:  Nike Zonal Cooling Polo Framing (unreleased)

Belt: Nike Stretch Woven

Pants: Nike Flex Pant Slim

Shoes: Nike Lunar Command 2 Boa

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