Woods comes from be­hind to de­feat Holmes in Match Play

Tiger too much for Holmes “I

The Covington News - - Sports - By Doug Fer­gu­son

MARANA, Ariz. — In his 50th mean­ing­ful match as a pro, Tiger Woods found him­self in strange ter­ri­tory.

He had never faced an op­po­nent who con­sis­tently blasted it so far past him off the tee, but play­ing against J.B. Holmes in the first round of the Ac­cen­ture Match Play Cham­pi­onship, Woods was first to hit from all but one fair­way.

More trou­ble­some was that Woods had never been down by more three holes in match play and come back to win.

“Not like this,” he said Wed­nes­day.

Woods was 4-down through seven holes last year to Nick O’Hern, but wound up miss­ing a win­ning putt from 4 feet on the 19th hole and los­ing on the next one. His great­est rally was be­ing 2-down with three holes against Ian Woos­nam in the first round of the World Match Play Cham­pi­onship at Went­worth in 1998, and beat­ing him on the first ex­tra hole.

“I just kept say­ing I could win in reg­u­la­tion,” Woods said. “That’s what I’ve al­ways done. I’ve been in that sit­u­a­tion a lot of times. It doesn’t mean that you do, but you have to be­lieve that you can.”

He made a be­liever out of Holmes.

Woods was 3 down with five holes to play when he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 14th. Then came Holmes’ lone mis­take down the stretch, a three-putt from be­hind the

just kept say­ing I could win in reg­u­la­tion. That’s what I’ve al­ways done. I’ve been in that sit­u­a­tion a lot of times. It doesn’t mean that you do, but you have to be­lieve that you can.”

15th that al­lowed Woods to lag his 18-footer for birdie, and he was walk­ing to the hole when it dropped, charg­ing up the gallery.

Then came a 20-foot birdie on the 16th to square the match, fol­lowed by a 35-foot

— Tiger Woods

ea­gle to com­plete his amaz­ing rally.

And when Holmes missed an 8-foot birdie on the fi­nal hole, Woods had es­caped with a 1-up vic­tory.

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