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Tiger Woods eliminated in first round of Accenture Match Play

by Derrick Johnson on February 24, 2011

Tiger Woods was eliminated from the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship by Danish Thomas Bjorn, according to the Los Angeles Times.

This is only the second time in his career that Woods has failed to pass the first round of the Accenture Match Play.

Tiger is currently the third seed, while Lee Westwood is ranked first and Phil Mickelson is seeded fourth.

Both Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, as well as PGA champion Martin Kaymer, have advanced to the next round, beating Henrik Stenson, Seun-yul Noth and Brendan Jones respectively.

Woods has won this championship three times before, according to Fox Sports.

Following Woods' elimination, Johnny Miller, a golf broadcaster for NBC Sports, compared Woods to the Grand Canyon.

In response to comments Woods is close to making a comeback, Miller said, "In golf, 'close' is like the north and south rim of the Grand Canyon. I've been there. …You do one little tweak and you're on the other rim of the big gulf. When you go off one rim, you've got to crawl up the other side. Not that many guys have done it."

Miller went to say that Woods has had a lot of "self-inflicted" things happen and would need a lot of confidence to play well again, especially against the younger and newer players on the golf course.

Prior to his very public marital scandal, Tiger Woods was endorsed by management consulting firm Accenture, and appeared in their ad campaigns. Accenture removed Woods from their ads following his sex scandals.

"I blew it," said Woods, following his Accenture Match Play elimination, reported the LA Times.

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