Wild Week In The Desert


Wild Week In The Desert

February 27, 2011

Study Hall: Tiger Woods and instructor Sean Foley work together during a Tuesday practice session at the 2011 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, AZ.

Tiger Woods reacts to a missed putt during the first round of the Match Play. Woods, one of the tournament's four No. 1 seeds, was upset by Thomas Bjorn in 19 holes.

Matteo Manassero, the youngest player in the field at 17, is seen here during a second-round match against Charl Schwartzel. The Italian phenom won 1 up, but would lose to eventual champion, Luke Donald in the round of 16.

Phil Mickelson hits an approach shot during his second-round match against Rickie Fowler with the Catalina Mountains in the background. Mickelson's week would be cut short by a 6-and-5 loss to his young American Ryder Cup teammate.

Rickie Fowler hits his second shot from a bunker during the third round. After taking out top-seeded Phil Mickelson on Day 2, the 22-year-old was beaten by Matt Kuchar, 2 and 1.

Y.E. Yang practices on the range before his early quarterfinal match on Saturday. He wouldn't make it to the afternoon, though, bowing out to Matt Kuchar, 2 and 1.

Ryan Moore hits a shot from the desert during his quarterfinal match with Luke Donald. Like everyone else who faced the Englishman all week, Moore was no match, losing 5 and 4.

Matt Kuchar hits an approach shot during his quarterfinal match with Ryan Moore. Kuchar would go onto take third place, his best-ever finish in the event.

After having to take a drop for an unplayable lie, J.B. Holmes hits a long third shot on the first extra hole of his quarterfinal match against Bubba Watson. Holmes, a last-minute addition to the tournament on Tuesday, would lose to the lefty, despite holding a 5 up lead on him through 10 holes.

Bubba Watson goes for the par-5 11th hole in two during his semifinal match against top-seeded Martin Kaymer on Saturday afternoon.

Martin Kaymer tries to drive the green on the par-4 15th hole during his Saturday semifinal against Bubba Watson. The German won the match to secure moving to No. 1 in the world rankings. He also drew attention for his stylish neckwear.

Unusually cold weather brought hail and snow on Sunday, causing a shift in the schedule and a short delay in the championship and consolation matches.

Luke Donald plays an approach shot during Sunday's championship match. Donald would win 3 and 2 over Martin Kaymer to pick up his third career PGA Tour win and climb to No. 3 in the world rankings.

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