Donald exits, Mahan and Poulter advance

Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:32pm EST
 

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) - Former champion Luke Donald was the biggest name to fall in the second round of the snow-delayed WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after being pummeled 7&6 by American Scott Piercy on Friday.

The British world number three was totally outplayed by Piercy, who was effectively seven under par on his ball after being conceded a four-foot birdie putt at the short 12th to seal the win.

Piercy spectacularly holed out from 228 yards to eagle the par-four fifth, then birdied the sixth, eighth and ninth to go 6up on Donald by the turn on a sunny but cool and breezy day at Dove Mountain.

"Scott played very well, I played just very average," 2011 Match Play champion Donald told reporters. "I probably didn't drive it well enough today to put any pressure on Scott.

"He was just playing extremely solid, didn't give me really a look. I had a few opportunities on the greens, but for whatever reason I was just not making the putts today, and hence I'm going home."

Making his first appearance in the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) event, Piercy will next meet either Steve Stricker or Nick Watney. Stricker was 1up on fellow American Watney after 15 holes.

"I played really solid today," said double PGA Tour champion Piercy, whose 7&6 margin of victory has been eclipsed only five times at this event.

"I hit every green in regulation. I got up early and tried to lean on him once I got up. It was just a solid day all around.   Continued...

 
Luke Donald of England watches his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Arizona February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan