Tiger a victim of match-play format

Updated: February 24, 2006, 7:18 PM ET
By Jason Sobel

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Match play is a crazy animal.

On Wednesday, poor Stephen Ames shot a 3-over 39 on the front nine at La Costa that included six pars and three bogeys. Certainly not a stretch to write home about, but were this a stroke-play tournament he'd have plenty of time left to get his game in gear and make a run at the title. After all, players have won major championships after being 3-over through the front nine.

Instead, Ames trailed Tiger Woods, 9-down, at the turn ...

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