February 25 2011
The dream may die hard for Italian teenager Matteo Manassero – he’s 4 down to Luke Donald through the first nine holes of their match. Manassero, though, isn’t the only one in trouble. Ben Crane is also 4 down in his match with Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Arguably the biggest upset brewing, however, is Bubba Watson, playing in this event for the first time in his career, leading two-time winner Geoff Ogilvy 4 up through the first 12 holes of their match.
Watson won the opening hole with a par and hasn’t looked back, leading the entire day. He added birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. Ogilvy eventually cut into the lead with a birdie of his own on No. 5, but Watson has won each of the first three holes on the back nine.
In other matches, Hunter Mahan is leading the lone No. 1 seed left, Martin Kaymer, 1 up through nine, while J.B. Holmes is all square with Jason Day through 11 holes.
Should Holmes and Watson both win, that would set up a bomber’s paradise match in the quarterfinals.
Elsewhere, Graeme McDowell has rallied to all square with Y.E. Yang, while Ryan Moore has battled back to all square with Nick Watney. Matt Kuchar leads Rickie Fowler 2 up through 14 holes.