Of the 16 players still fighting it out for the first lucrative WGC title of the year – the Accenture World Match Play – five are European. Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Niclas Fasth are all in the hunt for the winner?s cheque of £690,000.
It was England’s Rose (pictured) who stole the headlines on day two by defeating world number three Phil Mickelson, 3&1. For the American this defeat only adds to his dismal match play record ? he has failed to progress past the second round three times in the last five years at the Accenture. Justin Rose now faces in-form Charles Howell III who despatched Sergio Garcia in round two.
With Jim Furyk also losing to Chad Campbell yesterday, the draw has opened up nicely for Tiger Woods, who demolished South African Tim Clark 5&4. Woods is gunning for his eighth consecutive PGA Tour title but he?ll be wary of his next opponent. Australian Nick O?Hern is one of the few left in the field who knows how to tame Tiger having beaten him at the World Match Play two years ago at La Costa.
Also going head to head in round three are Poulter and Trevor Immelman. There will be no shortage of self-confidence as these two look to build on growing reputations.