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Fickle match play boots Tiger, Rory

Updated: February 22, 2013, 12:02 AM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

MARANA, Ariz. -- I love underdogs. David and Goliath is my favorite biblical story. I like "Hoosiers"-style upsets. I root for small-market baseball teams and NFL players from Division II schools.

Yet I hated to see both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods lose Thursday in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.

But this is match play, a fickle proposition that makes even great players vulnerable to its whims.

"I played well, I really ...

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