February 20, 2014
By Elias Sports Bureau, PGATOUR.COM
- Harris English knocked off two players previously ranked No. 1 in the world. (Franklin/Getty Images)
• Harris English made some history at the 2014 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. After beating Lee Westwood in the first round, English eliminated Rory McIlroy in the second round. Only two other players in this tournament’s history ever won consecutive matches, both against players who had ranked No. 1 in the world at some point in their career.
In 1999, Jeff Maggert won three consecutive matches against Nick Price, Bernhard Langer and Tiger Woods. And in 2000, Darren Clarke disposed of David Duval and Tiger Woods in consecutive matches. Both Maggert and Clarke won the event in those respective years.
• Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row. Mahan beat Richard Sterne and Kuchar defeated Ryan Moore. Only David Toms, who advanced to the third round in six consecutive seasons (2002-2007) has had a longer streak. Other players to advance to the third round in four consecutive seasons include Phil Mickelson (2003-2006), Paul Casey (2007-2010) and Stewart Cink (2007-2010).
• Jordan Spieth defeated Thomas Bjorn 5 and 4 in today’s second round match at the WGC-Accenture Match Play. For Spieth, who is 20 year 208 days old, he’s the second youngest player in the history of the event to record a victory this large or larger. In 2000, 20 year 49 days old Sergio Garcia defeated Mike Weir in the second round 7 and 6.