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OUT: Tiger Woods was eliminated yesterday

TIGER WOODS was eliminated yesterday after he was beaten in the second round of the Match Play Championship.

The former number one golfer missed the birdie putt so badly that it never even touched the hole, giving Nick Watney a 1-up victory in Marana, Arizona.

"I didn't miss a single shot coming in, which is good. And that was fun, to hit the ball that well," Woods said. "Unfortunately, I just didn't make a putt when I needed it."

Woods' trouble started on the first hole, where he missed a 13-footer for birdie. "I was fighting the blocks all day with my putter," Woods said. "The putter was going back a little bit shut, and subsequently I let it go and it goes left, and I block it right.

He added: "I'm taking it shut going back. I need to make that toe move. And I need to feel the release of my stroke. And it's hard to release it when the blade is going under. It's shut. And hence I block it open."

The 36-year-old also missed a putt at Pebble Beach two weeks ago and also struggled to make putts in Abu Dhabi, when he failed to win despite being tied for the 54-hole lead with Robert Rock.

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