Accenture Match Play bracket 2013: Tiger Woods falls 1 down to Charles Howell III

Darren Carroll

Two No. 2 seeds have been knocked out while all four No. 1 seeds are battling to stay alive on the back side of their opening matches.

While all four No. 1 seeds are still in the middle of their opening matches, two No. 2 seeds have already gone down at the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play. Both Lee Westwood and Adam Scott were bounced out late Thursday afternoon. Scott lost to South African Tim Clark, who has played well so far this year and certainly has the talent to hang with Scott. The Westwood loss was much more surprising, as Rafael Cabrera-Bello knocked off the No. 2 seeded Englishman, who had multiple chances to win, in 19 holes.

The No. 1 seeds aren't exactly rolling through their competition either, with both Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen 1-down to their opponents. The other two No. 1 seeds, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy, are all square in their matches that are now on the back side at Dove Mountain.

Charles Howell III told the media at the start of the week that he has never won match against Tiger Woods, either in an official capacity or as a side game. But Howell has hung with Woods so far through their first ten holes, jumping up a hole on the eighth. Howell drained a 15-foot birdie putt to take back the lead, as Woods struggles to convert on the greens.

Tiger was fairly accurate from tee-to-green on the front side, hitting six of seven fairways and seven of nine greens in regulation. But he needed 15 putts on his opening nine, which allowed Howell to stay in it and keep things even. It looked like Woods might pull things square on No. 10 with a pretty approach shot, but once again his birdie putt missed the cup. A birdie lip-out on the fourth hole seemed to set the tone for rest of the front side.

Tiger now has eight holes to get things back to even and advance to the second round. Darkness, however, is rapidly approaching in Arizona as the final matches of the day hustle to finish up the first round.

A full list of those who have moved on so far:

Bobby Jones Bracket
Russell Henley def. Charl Schwartzel, 1 up
Jason Day def. Zach Johnson, 6 & 5
Bubba Watson def. Chris Wood, 2 & 1
Jim Furyk def. Ryan Moore, 4 & 2
Alexander Noren def. Dustin Johnson, 6 & 4

Gary Player Bracket
Richard Sterne def. Jason Dufner, 1 up
Hunter Mahan def. Matteo Manassero, 5 & 4
Martin Kaymer def. George Coetzee, 2 & 1
Rafael Cabrera-Bello def. Lee Westwood, 1 up (19 holes)
Webb Simpson def. David Lynn, 5 & 4

Sam Snead Bracket
Ian Poulter def. Stephen Gallacher, 2 & 1
Bo Van Pelt def. John Senden, 6 & 5
Steve Stricker def. Henrik Stenson, 5 & 4
Nick Watney def. David Toms, 5 & 4
Tim Clark def. Adam Scott, 2 & 1
Thorbjorn Olesen def. Jamie Donaldson, 3 & 2

Ben Hogan Bracket
Matt Kuchar def. Hiroyuki Fujita, 3 and 2
Sergio Garcia def. Thongchai Jaidee, 1 up (20 holes)
Justin Rose def. K.J. Choi, 2 & 1
Nicolas Colsaerts def. Bill Haas, 5 & 4
Marcus Fraser def. Keegan Bradley, 1 up
Fredrik Jacobson def. Ernie Els, 1 up

For a live bracket, visit Golf.com.

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