McIlroy, Woods lose Round 1 of WGC Match Play Championships

McIlroy pulled one back at 14, but conceded the 15th after finding a series of bunkers. McIlroy then birdied the par-three 16th for a win, but they halved the last two holes with pars, and Lowry emerged victorious.

updated: February 22, 2013 09:48 IST
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Arizona: World number one Rory McIlroy and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods fell in the first round of the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship on Thursday.

Ireland's Shane Lowry, ranked 68th in the world and the 64th-seed in the 64-man field, toppled Northern Ireland's McIlroy 1-up, while Charles Howell defeated Woods 2 and 1 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club course at Dove Mountain.

Lowry, a friend of McIlroy's from their days in the amateur ranks, made his run on the back nine, chipping in for birdie to win the 12th hole and winning the 13th with an eagle to gain a two-up advantage.

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