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Ernie aside, first round a letdown for drama-seekers

Originally Published: February 25, 2003
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- When Tiger Woods starts out a match with 10 consecutive pars, it's a cry for help. The Accenture Match Play Championship needs an excitement transfusion.

The format lends itself to comparison to the NCAA Basketball Tournament, from the 64 contestants down to this year's innovation, four 16-player brackets. But if the golf at the La Costa Resort and Spa is any indication, this event is much more than One Week Short of March Madness.

The opening day of the ...

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