Tiger Woods’ bid to return to winning ways was stopped short in its tracks when he was beaten by Thomas Bjorn after 19 holes in yesterday’s first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
The American former world No. 1, a three-time champion at the event, came from 2-down after five holes to go 1-up after 12 before losing to the 65th-ranked Dane on the 19th green.
Trailing by one playing the par-4 18th, Woods coolly sank an eight-foot birdie putt there to keep the match alive after Bjorn failed to hole out from a greenside bunker.
Woods pushed his drive at the extra hole wide and needed two shots to get back to the fairway.