The putt wasn't even halfway to the hole when Tiger Woods turned away in disgust, removed his cap, and walked over to shake hands with Shaun Micheel.
One round, and his tournament was over.
And for the first time in two months, he left without a trophy.
The longest winning streak in Woods's career -- five tournaments -- came to an abrupt end yesterday in the World Match Play Championship at Virginia Water, England, when Micheel put him in a deep hole and waited to see if the world's No. 1 player could escape.
Woods's last hope was a 15-foot birdie putt, and like so many other putts at Wentworth, it never had a chance. The score was 4 and 3, tying Woods's worst beating in match play.
``I don't think you're ever excited when you've lost," Woods said.
It's been a long time since he has. The winning streak began some four hours away in Hoylake, where Woods captured the British Open. Then came a three-shot victory in the Buick Open, followed by his 12th career major at the PGA Championship, a playoff victory in the Bridgestone Invitational, and his 63 in the final round of the
But in his favorite format -- 36-hole matches -- against the No. 77 player in the world, Woods finally looked mortal.
``He didn't have too many fist pumps today, which is unusual for him in a 36-hole day, because he usually runs off five, six birdies in a row," Micheel said. ``And he just wasn't able to do that."
In other matches, defending champion and top-seeded Michael Campbell dispatched Simon Khan, 3 and 1; Luke Donald outlasted Tim Clark, 2 up; Paul Casey beat two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, 6 and 4; Colin Montgomerie beat David Howell, 1 up; former Masters champion Mike Weir defeated Adam Scott, 3 and 2; Jim Furyk got hammered by Robert Karlsson, 6 and 4; and Ernie Els fell to Angel Cabrera, 2 and 1.
PGA-- The course was too long, the competition too good. Michelle Wie has an exceptional golf game for a 16-year-old, except when she's playing against the men.
Heavy overnight rain softened the third-longest course on the PGA Tour and created ideal scoring conditions at the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa., but not for Wie. Her sixth attempt to try to do what no woman has done in 61 years by making the cut in a Tour event looks to be unsuccessful, much like the other five.
Wie, playing in her third and last US men's tournament this year, shot a 5-over-par 77 on a day when there were numerous scores in the 60s on the expansive Mystic Rock course, and has almost no chance to make the cut.
``I don't feel any extra pressure because I'm a girl out there," said Wie, who turns 17 next month. ``I had six or seven putts that looked like they were going to go in the hole and didn't. And that was really frustrating."
Nicholas Thompson, a 2005 qualifying school graduate who is 181st on the money list, took advantage of an early starting time on a course soaked by 1 1/2 inches of overnight rain for an 8-under 64.
European -- Darren Clarke shot a 4-under 68 in his first tournament since the death of his wife, trailing leader Jean-Francois Lucquin by three strokes after the opening round of the Madrid Masters.
Lucquin's 65 put him a shot ahead of Richard Fichardt and Miguel Angel Martin. Former winners Padraig Harrington and Ricardo Gonzalez were among a group of five at 67.
``With a warm putter, I would have been much lower," said Clarke, whose wife, Heather, died of cancer last month.
NEPGA -- Geoff Sisk followed his sizzling opening 63 with a solid 67 to post a 14-under 130 in the 33d annual Sovereign Bank New England Open at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club in New Durham, N.H. Eli Zackheim fired a 67 to finish at 12 under. Kevin Silva is at 9-under 135 after a 68. Low round of the day went to Mark Mielke, whose 66 also put him at 9 under.