MARANA, Ariz. — And then there was one.
One day after Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods went home, more top seeds followed Friday in the Match Play Championship until Masters champion Bubba Watson was the only seed from the top 10 remaining at Dove Mountain.
And that wasn’t easy.
Watson, the No. 8 seed, missed two consecutive putts from 5 feet that would have won the match before he put away Jim Furyk in 22 holes. It was the first time since this World Golf Championship began in 1999 that only one top-10 seed was left after two rounds.
What does that mean?
“Nothing,” Watson said. “This game ... it’s a toss-up. You can’t really judge who’s going to win, or bet who’s going to win.”
Luke Donald, the No. 3 seed who birdied his last two holes on Thursday to win his opening match, didn’t know what hit him Friday. Scott Piercy won the first three holes, and then holed out from 221 yards with a 4-iron on the fifth hole and was on his way. He won, 7 and 6, to give Donald his worst loss in this event.
Of the 16 players remaining, the Americans and Europeans each have seven players, with one each for South Africa (Tim Clark) and Australia (Day).
Lewis keeps Thailand lead
At Chonburi, Thailand, Stacy Lewis shot a 3-under 69 to keep her three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand.
Lewis had five birdies and two bogeys for a 12-under 132 total at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.
Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 66 for second.
Anderson slips in Panama
At Panama City, first-round co-leader Mark Anderson (USC) shot a 72 in the second round of the Web.com Tour Panama Claro Championship, falling into a tie for fourth at 4-under 64-72—136.
Dae-Hyun Kin leads with a 7-under 133.