Spieth knocked out of Match Play by Westwood

Fri May 1, 2015 7:30pm EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - World number two and Masters champion Jordan Spieth was knocked out of the WGC-Match Play Championship by England’s Lee Westwood in a dramatic match on Friday.

Westwood prevailed 2 up in an exciting contest, fighting back from an early deficit and ramming home an important 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to wrestle a lead he would not relinquish.

After missing an 11-foot birdie putt on the first and then making bogey on the second hole, Westwood was two down out of the blocks.

A Spieth bogey on six and a 13-foot birdie putt for Westwood on the ninth squared the match at the turn.

Westwood took the lead a hole later when the 21-year-old American failed to get up and down from just off the green.

After the 11th hole they were square again when Spieth made a birdie from 14 feet.

The pair then traded clutch pars for three holes.

Spieth appeared in trouble when he missed the 15th green but chipped in for birdie. Westwood did not flinch and made his six-foot birdie putt to match.   Continued...

May 1, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Lee Westwood tees off at the third hole during day three of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports