Aussie ends Woods' winning streak

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Tiger Woods' winning streak is over no matter what tour he is playing.

Aussie ends Woods' winning streak

Marana, Arizona:

Tiger Woods' winning streak is over no matter what tour he is playing. In a shocking end to a US PGA Tour streak that began in July, Woods failed to notice a ball mark in the line of his 4-foot birdie putt that would have won his third-round match against Nick O'Hern. He missed the putt, then lost in 20 holes when the Australian saved par with a 12-foot putt at the Accenture Match Play Championship on Friday. That finished off Woods, and the second-longest streak in tour history. "I was so enthralled with the line, I didn't see the ball mark," he said. "I knew if I hit it left-center, the match would be over. It's my fault for not paying attention to detail." It is rare that Woods makes such a gaffe, and misses such a short putt with so much riding on the outcome. One hole earlier, he hit a sand wedge to five feet and made the birdie putt to extend the match, completing a rally in which he was four holes behind after seven holes, and still trailed by three with eight holes left. O'Hern became the first player to beat Woods twice in professional match play. The short, straight-hitting lefty also beat Woods in the second round at La Costa two years ago. Byron Nelson's record of 11 straight tour victories in 1945 again looks as untouchable as ever. Woods had won seven in a row - although the purity of the streak was in question because he had failed to win four times during that streak while competing on other tours - and he will have to start over next month in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. "Tiger being Tiger, he birdied the 18th," O'Hern said. "I thought it was 'Game Over,' then he gave me a break." O'Hern advanced to play Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who defeated Aaron Baddeley of Australia 4 and 3 in the shortest match of the third round. Stenson (No 9) is the top seed still alive in this fickle tournament. The lone American remaining is Chad Campbell, who advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight year after beating David Toms. He will play Stephen Ames of Canada, a 3-and-1 winner over Stewart Cink.

Topics : Golf Tiger Woods
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