At the Masters on Tuesday, Woods said this when asked about happiness: “Well, I think life is all about having a balance, and trying to find equilibrium and not getting things one way or the other, and I feel very balanced.”
By The Associated Press
MARANA, Ariz. _ A brief look at the second round of the Match Play Championship on Friday at the Ritz-Carlton Club at Dove Mountain:
Falling seeds: No. 8 Bubba Watson was the only seed from the top 10 remaining after two rounds. No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 2 Tiger Woods, No. 6 Adam Scott, No. 7 Lee Westwood, No. 9 Charl Schwartzel and No. 10
Jason Dufner dropped out in the first round, and No. 3 Luke Donald, No. 4 Louis Oosthuizen and No. 5 Justin Rose fell in the second.
Advancing: Ireland’s Shane Lowry followed his opening victory over Rory McIlroy with a 6-and-5 rout over Carl Pettersson to become the first No. 64 seed to advance to the third round in the history of the
Match of the day: Bubba Watson beat U.S. Ryder Cup teammate Jim Furyk in 22 holes. The Masters champion missed two straight putts from 5 feet that would have won the match before he finally put away Furyk
with a par on the fourth extra hole.
Shot of the day: Scott Piercy holed out with a 4-iron from 221 yards for eagle on the par-4 fifth hole in his victory over Luke Donald.
Quote of the day: “I think we’re beyond surprises, in this event especially. Anybody can have a great day and anybody can have a tough day. It’s what makes the game exciting, and it’s what makes this game
extremely fickle and extremely frustrating.” — Graeme McDowell.
Stat of the day: Scott Piercy has played only 27 holes in the first two rounds, beating Paul Lawrie 4 and 3 and Luke Donald 7 and 6.
Third-round matches: Robert Garrigus vs. Fredrik Jacobson, Matt Kuchar vs. Nicolas Colsaerts, Graeme McDowell vs. Shane Lowry, Bubba Watson vs. Jason Day, Steve Stricker vs. Scott Piercy, Ian Poulter vs.
Tim Clark, Webb Simpson vs. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Hunter Mahan vs. Martin Kaymer.
Forecast: Morning frost is expected over the weekend, with overnight lows around 33 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday. Saturday will be the best day of the tournament hit by snow Wednesday with mostly sunny
conditions and a high of 63. On Sunday, it is expected to be partly cloudy and breezy with a high of 59.
A sign in the media room at Riviera Country Club welcomes those to the Northern Trust Open, with a photo of Bill Haas taking up half the sign as the defending champion.
With Haas holding a three-stroke lead heading into the final round, is it possible the PGA Tour could save some printing costs next year by keeping those signs around?
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel lost a stroke to the Northern Trust Open field Sunday when he parred the first hole at Riviera Country Club.
Schwartzel’s approach to the par-5 just missed the green left, but his chip rolled about 10 feet past the cup and he missed his birdie putt.
He was the only player in the last four threesomes to not gain at least a stroke on the opening hole.