Tiger Woods won his 13th consecutive match and all but one of the top 10 seeds advanced yesterday as the Match Play Championship in Carlsbad, Calif., finally got under way on a golf course still mostly underwater.
The fairways at La Costa were so soggy that Davis Love spent 10 minutes looking for a dry patch of grass.
Some handled it better than others. No. 1 seed Vijay Singh built a quick lead against Shingo Katayama and won, 4 and 3. Phil Mickelson made two birdies to start the second nine and led by as many as four holes before dispatching short-hitting Loren Roberts, 3 and 1. Retief Goosen went the distance with Stephen Leaney, winning, 1 up.
No. 5 Mike Weir was the only top 10 seed who lost.
PGA -- Billy Mayfair, trying to bounce back from the worst of his 16 PGA Tour seasons, and Mario Tiziani, who went to qualifying school 12 times before earning his Tour card in December, each shot 9-under-par 63 for a one-stroke lead in the Chrysler Classic at Tucson.
LPGA -- Jennifer Rosales shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead after one round of the SBS Open, the season-opening event in Kahuku, Hawaii. Angela Stanford, Lorena Ochoa, Heather Bowie, and Sung Ah Yim shot 68.