Tiger Rallies for Match Play Win

Woods comes from three behind in first match at World Golf event
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 10:02 PM CST
Tiger Woods, of the United States, acknowledges the crowd after a birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of play of the Accenture Match Play Golf in Championship tournament at The Gallery Golf...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods was down three holes with five remaining at the World Golf Championships' Match Play Championship, but roared back to win four straight holes from 14- through 17, playing the final five holes in 5-under par to steal the win from J.B. Holmes.  “I was just going to have to start playing a hell of a lot better. Then all of a sudden, putts started falling in from everywhere,” Woods said of the comeback, reports the Associated Press.

The other top seeds at the tournament also struggled with their first round matchups. Ernie Els, the No. 4 seed, was bounced from the tournament in the first round for the fourth straight time. Third-seeded Steve Stricker needed extra holes to hold off Daniel Chopra, and No. 2 seed Phil Mickelson edged Pat Perez 1 up.