Ernie Els Sent Luke Donald Packing
By mustang6560 on 2/23/12
Luke Donald's title defense at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship ended abruptly yesterday with a 5&4 loss to Ernie Els.
"I just didn’t play very well," Donald said. "I struggled. I gave away too many holes and made too many mistakes. You can’t do that in match play against anyone, let alone Ernie."
It's only the third time in the history of the event that the number one overall seed lost in the first round. The other two players with that distinction include former world number one Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. Tiger lost to Peter O'Malley in 2002 and Steve lost to Ross McGowan most recently in 2010.

The world number one was not the only higher seed to be taken out. In fact, 15 of the 32 matches were won by the higher seed, which includes one 16 (Els), two 15 seeds (Robert Rock defeated Adam Scott 1up and Matteo Manassero defeated Webb Simpson 3&2) and two 14 seeds (Y.E. Yang defeated Graeme McDowell 2&1 and Ryo Ishikawa defeated Bill Haas 1up).

The second round of the Accenture Match Play is set to start at 10:25 AM CST. You can follow some of the action through the's LIVE@ video service starting at 11:30 AM CST.

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Luke Donald has not looked very sharp in his first couple starts but I was still a bit surprised at the beat down Ernie gave him.
legitimatebeef says:
He sure did.
Duke of Hazards says:
the force was not with him
guzzlingil says:
Is Luke the most overrated World #1 ever....??

What has he won....??
bkuehn1952 says:
Actually, Lee Westwood might tie Luke for the least compelling resume. Give Luke a bit of time, however, since he could still snag a major in 2012 to further validate his standing.
bashworth says:
"and Kevin Na defeated Steve Stricker 2&1"

you got that the wrong way, stricker the 2 seed won
mustang6560 says:
@bashworth- I corrected it.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Over rated??? Really? Idk about that. He does not have a major but is winning consistently on both tours. Don't forget, Luke dispatched Kaymer in the match play final last year to help him take over #1 in OWGR last year. I think he continues the trend in 2012 as well. He had an off day.
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