Donald tumbles, Poulter shines
Luke Donald suffered one of the biggest defeats of his career yesterday as the giant-killing continued at the Accenture match-play championship in Tucson, Arizona.
Made favourite for the title after the first round defeats of world top two Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, third seed and 2011 winner Donald was crushed 7 and 6 by unheralded Scott Piercy, who ousted Aberdeen’s Paul Lawrie in the first round.
The American, who has made it to 37th in the world with hardly anybody noticing, sank his approach to the fifth for an eagle 2 and turned in a marvellous six under par 30.
Ian Poulter, who lifted the trophy three years ago, was almost as impressive as he made it through to the last 16 with a 3 and 1 victory over another of the home contingent in Bo Van Pelt but fifth seed Justin Rose was another to bow out.
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