February 23 2011
MARANA, Ariz. – Defending champion Ian Poulter and Stewart Cink just headed to extra holes in their opening match.
Poulter led 2 up through14 holes, but Cink made a 2-footer for birdie to win No. 15 and squared the match with a par at No. 17. The American had to convert a 5-footer at the 18th to extend the match.
The match figured to be a close one. Cink had finished second, third and tied for fifth in his last three Accenture Match Play Championships while Poulter owned an 18-7 record and the title entering the first round match,
Graeme McDowell is getting close to finishing off his match with Heath Slocum. The reigning U.S. Open champ lost the first hole with a bogey, but promptly got that back with an eagle at No. 2 and has steadily built a 5-up advantage through 12 holes.
Alvaro Quiros, who leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings, just 21-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to send his match with Y.E. Yang into extra holes.