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The Real Story From The Match Play

Let’s change the discussion for a moment.

Yes, both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were eliminated in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Thursday, a stark reminder of the often cruel nature of playing man against man.

But this should be about what Shane Lowry and Charles Howell III did.

Despite the extra snow day that gave them an extra day to think about what faced them, Lowry and Howell went out and beat the top two players in the world.

Lowry holed it twice from off the green to beat his friend McIlroy, with whom he had dinner Tuesday evening.

Howell claimed to never have beaten Woods in any match – competitive or casual – until he did it Thursday on a day when Woods did not make a bogey. Howell admitted he was so surprised to be 2-up with two to play against Woods that he was temporarily distracted on the 17th tee.

For McIlroy, who has played just three competitive rounds this year, the questions will intensify about his equipment change but the truth may be closer to his admission Thursday evening that he feels rusty.

For Woods, it’s not the first time he’s been gone after one round. Ask Thomas Bjorn and Peter O’Malley.

For Lowry and Howell, it was a dream day. It was their day.


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