February 22 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- Maybe that double bogey from the desert at the first hole set the tone for what wasn't going to be Luke Donald's day. Scott Piercy was just too strong and too fearless as he took down the top seed in the Sam Snead bracket.
Piercy was 3 up after three holes thanks to Donald's double, his own birdie and another bogey from the Englishman. Piercy holed a shot from 228 yards for an eagle at the fifh hole to go 4 up, then won the eighth and ninth with birdie putts of 25 inches and 5 feet to head to the back nine in complete command.
A final birdie, this one on a 4-foot putt, ended the proceedings at the 12th hole. Piercy's upset win over the 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship winner was the most lopsided result of the week to date.
"I actually feel really relaxed out there," Piercy said. "Me and Luke's game are a lot different, and I feel like if I get things going, I've got a good chance of beating him. I played well, and he was off a little bit. That's why it looked so one-sided."
And make no mistake, Piercy, playing in just his second match at the Accenture Match Play Championship, was hitting on all cylinders. He hit 7 of 9 fairways, 11 of 12 greens in regulation and used just 17 putts.
"Scott played very well, I played just very average," Donald said. " I need to drive it well around this course. There's a few forced carries out there, and probably didn't drive it well enough today to put any pressure on Scott. But he was 7 under through 12 and just playing extremely solid, didn't give me really a look.
"I had a few opportunities on the greens, but for whatever reason I was just not making the putts today, and hence I'm going home."
SCORECARD STATS: Piercy made five birdies and an eagle over 12 holes. Donald made two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.
HOLES WON: Piercy won seven holes. Donald did not win any.
NEXT OPPONENT: The winner of the match between Steve Stricker and Nick Watney.