Marana (Arizona, US), Feb 27: Golf champion Tiger Woods celebrated comeback from knee surgery after eight months at the Accenture Match Play Championship ended after two rounds Thursday, Feb 26 with a 4-and-2 defeat to Tim Clark.
Even one moment of magic - a hole-out from the bunker on the 14th - couldn't swing the momentum.
Woods made more mistakes down the stretch and couldn't match the South African's six birdies in 16 holes.
"I've played with Tiger a few times. You either let it get the best of you or you thrive on it," said Clark.
"I knew I had to play out of my mind to beat him. I didn't miss many shots," he added.oods, who said he had "zero" pain all week, would not admit his play was poor. That much hasn't changed since the surgery.
"Well I lost," said Woods, who was 1-under par with three bogeys over 16 holes.
"I played really well today. I just didn't make enough birdies. Tim did that today, and I just didn't answer him with mine. I hit two bad shots in two days," he added.
First-round opponent Brendan Jones was out of his element, but Woods knew Clark as a consistent grinder who wasn't going to make mistakes.
Clark wasn't just steady, he was spectacular.