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Tiger Woods an easy winner in Match Play

Feb. 22, 2006 at 8:21 PM

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods Wednesday destroyed Stephen Ames in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at Carlsbad, Calif.

The 9 & 8 rout was the shortest match in tournament history.

Woods, who withdrew from the Nissan Open last week because of the flu, had birdies on the first six holes on to go 6-up and never looked back.

"It's been a while since I played one like that," said Woods, a two-time winner of the event. "I hit a bunch of good golf shots today. I hit the ball that way all day."

Woods, the No. 1 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, will meet No. 8 Robert Allenby in the second round. Allenby beat K.J. Choi, 3 & 2.

For the ninth time in tournament history, a one seed fell to a No. 16 as Ernie Els was beaten by Bernhard Langer.

Els was No. 1 in the Hogan bracket.

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