Marana, Arizona: Top-ranked defending champion Luke Donald was hammered by Ernie Els on Wednesday while Tiger Woods had a narrow first-round escape at the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship.
South Africa's Els dumped the Englishman 5-and-4, only the third time in event history the top seed has been ousted in the opening round. Els won five of seven holes from the eighth to close out the match on the 14th hole.
"I was trying to just take it as a first round match," Els said. "There's always hype when the No. 1 player is playing with the No. 64 seed but I think Luke and I took it for what it was.