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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Putter causes early Match Play exit

By Bob Harig
ESPN.com

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods couldn't convert many short putts in his second-round match against Nick Watney.

WGC-Accenture Match Play, Feb. 22-26, Lost in Round 2 to Nick Watney, 1-up.

This was another tournament in which Tiger Woods putted poorly. After escaping a first-round match with Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Woods struggled against Watney but gave himself an opportunity to extend the match with a pure second shot to the 18th green, setting up a 5-foot birdie putt.

Watney was so sure that Woods would make the putt that he began studying his yardage book on the first extra hole; Woods' putt never even touched the hole.

It was the third straight time that Woods failed to advance past the second round of the Match Play.

"That is frustrating, because that's what I was struggling with all day,'' Woods said. "It's the same putt, that block. The putter is going back shut, either let it go and it goes left or I block it to the right. And that was a perfect example of it went back slightly shut. It's like I've always told you guys, I need to feel … the toe of my putter swings a lot, it has a lot of movement to it, it has none right now. I need to go back and work on that.''

Next tournament: Honda Classic

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.