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Howell sends Woods on his way

Golf

Marana, Arizona - Three-times winner Tiger Woods was knocked out in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Thursday, losing 2&1 to fellow American Charles Howell III.

Woods never led but got back to all square with four holes to play before Howell birdied the 15th and 16th to regain control.

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Tiger Woods shakes hands on the 17th green after losing 2&1 to Charles Howell III during the weather-delayed first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Arizona.

Howell almost holed out with his approach at the par-15th, his ball settling just inches from the cup, then sank a 24-footer at the par-three 16th to go 2up.

Both players parred the 17th in fading daylight at Dove Mountain as Woods was eliminated at the first hurdle for a third time at the World Golf Championships (WGC) event. - Reuters

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