|Tiger Woods missed in his attempt for an eighth consecutive PGA Tour win. (SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES)|
Woods was off mark
A winning streak that carried an asterisk ended because of a ball mark.
Tiger Woods stared only at the 4-foot path from his ball to the cup, a birdie putt on the first extra hole that would allow him to escape with an improbable comeback yesterday against Nick O'Hern in the
O'Hern figured the match was over. Didn't everyone?
"I wasn't watching, to be honest with you" O'Hern said. "I was just waiting for the sound of ball going into hole."
Only after Woods struck his putt did he notice the ball mark he neglected to repair, which he said caused the ball to bump slightly off line to the right and slide by the cup. One hole later, O'Hern made a 12-foot par putt that sent Woods home without a trophy on the PGA Tour for the first in more than seven months.
"I was so enthralled with the line, I didn't see the ball mark," Woods said. "I knew if I hit it left-center, the match would be over. It's my fault for not paying attention to detail."
So ended the second-longest winning streak on the PGA Tour, returning Byron Nelson's record of 11 straight PGA Tour victories to "untouchable" status and making Woods start over next month at Bay Hill.
The streak was always subject to debate. Some thought it should carry an asterisk, for his winning streak ended at five when he lost in the first round of the World Match Play Championship on the European tour last September, and Woods had since failed to win three other times outside the PGA Tour. It was this fickle format -- and a familar foe -- that stopped him again.
O'Hern became the first player to beat Woods twice in match play as a professional. The Australian also beat him in the second round two years at La Costa, and in both matches, O'Hern never trailed a single hole.
"I'm sure he wanted to even the score today," O'Hern said. "I just knew if I played well and played solidly, I could do it again."
Henrik Stenson (No. 9) is the top seed remaining going into the weekend, a 4-and-3 winner over Aaron Baddeley that will put the Swede into the quarterfinals against O'Hern. Chad Campbell was the lone American left, advancing with a 1-up victory over David Toms.
PGA -- Boo Weekley followed his opening 6-under 64 -- the best round of his PGA Tour career -- with a 67 to move him into a three-way tie for first place with Fred Funk (69) and Camron Beckman (67) midway through the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
LPGA -- Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel before play was halted because of rain in the second round of the Fields Open in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Champions -- Bobby Wadkins shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark O'Meara, Allen Doyle, and Gil Morgan after the first round of The ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla.