MARANA, Ariz. -- The sudden and shocking departures of top seeds Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods after Thursday's first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship was a rarity but not unprecedented in the history of this tournament.
In 2002, three of the No. 1 seeds -- Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval -- lost in the first round. Fittingly, the winner that year was the 62nd overall seed, Kevin Sutherland, the lowest-seeded player to win this tournament.
Still, the collision course that many had expected for good friends McIlroy and Woods this week disappeared on a day in which 14 lower seeds emerged victorious in the 30 matches that were completed Thursday.
McIlroy, the top overall seed, lost to Shane Lowry, 1 up, while Woods -- the second overall seed and top seed in the Player bracket -- lost to Charles Howell III, 2 and 1.
In addition, two No. 2 seeds also lost -- Adam Scott and Lee Westwood. And two No. 3 seeds lost -- Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner.