For those of you who were waiting to see the World number 1 face off against the World number 2, you can forget about it this week at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were eliminated in their first rounds. Charles Howell III took care of sending Tiger packing and Shane Lowry of Ireland knocked Rory off . McIlroy lost his opening round in the Match Play Championship to Lowry who made a 4 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to eliminate McIlroy, at least the world’s number one was able to hang on until the final hole of the match before having to pack his things and leave the tournament.

Tiger Woods wasn’t so lucky, he didn’t even have the chance to see the 18th green, Howell III  who hasn’t faced Woods in match play since losing to him in a amateur match in 1996 knocked off Woods on the 17th hole. There was a time in Tiger’s career when no one could beat him in match play, those days are gone. Howell III was never really in any trouble in the match and he had nothing to lose.  He hit the shot of his life on the 16th hole leaving a putt for birdie within inches of the hole. Woods conceded the Birdie and Howell III finished him off on the 17th.

Tiger Woods never was able to get his putter working this week. If he expects to win the Masters this year, he is going to have to sharpen up his short game. Tigers short game is a real problem, he isn’t as sharp as he once was. That’s something the Sports-Baron  has pointed out over and over. He has said Woods putter and his short game is not what it used to be and he was right. Both of the top 2 golfers in the world will have plenty of time to practice for the Florida swing.

If Tiger Woods wants to get back to winning, he had better find his short game. Otherwise he will watch the 4 majors pass him by again this season.




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