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Archive for Saturday, February 23, 2002

Toms only top-10 seed left in Match Play

February 23, 2002

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— Tom Lehman birdied three straight holes to stay close with Matt Gogel, then took advantage of the former Kansas University golfer's mistakes for a 4 and 3 victory Friday in the Match Play Championship.

PGA champion David Toms birdied the 18th hole to beat good friend Steve Flesch and become the only top-10 seed still around.

Paul Azinger made a gutsy comeback against Niclas Fasth of Sweden with birdies on four of the last five holes. He won in 20 holes, giving the United States seven players in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships event.

Sergio Garcia, the No. 5 seed, fell behind on the first hole against Scott McCarron and never caught up. They halved the final four holes  known as "The Longest Mile" in golf  with two bogeys and two pars, McCarron winning 1-up.

Carrying the flag for the rest of the world is Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, who pulled away from Mark Calcavecchia with birdies on two of the final four holes for a 2-up victory.

Bob Estes, 3-up with eight holes to play, matched Nick Price shot-for-shot over the final three holes and held on for a 1-up victory.

Brad Faxon is the hottest player in the quarterfinals. He made five birdies for a 3 and 2 victory over John Cook, and is the only player who has yet to play the 18th hole this week.

Kevin Sutherland is the highest seed still alive at No. 62, having dispatched of Jim Furry with a mistake-free day at La Costa.

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