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The Links: Tiger Woods loses Match Play to surprised Charles Howell

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer
Tiger Woods fades into the sunset in Tucson. (Getty Images)

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Charles Howell was as surprised as we were that he beat Tiger Woods:

Really, I didn't even realize I was 2 up with two to go until I got right to the tee on 17, and it actually threw me for a bit because I never maybe was really in the moment and didn't quite realize how things were. And as far as beating Tiger Woods, it shows you that match play is crazy. I did have to play a good round. But yeah, it's a bit hard to believe I'm sitting here today. (AP)

PGA Tour

[Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry] dined together Tuesday evening at a local steak joint. Lowry betrayed McIlroy not with a kiss but with a deft short game. (GolfWeek)

Great read here comparing match play to the NCAA Tournament. A 1-16 matchup is really more like a 5-12 matchup in hoops. (USA Today)

Russell Henley says he wants to be known by the name "Bracket Buster." (ESPN)

No bracket is safe. (Golf Channel)

Wow. This is crazy -- the creator of La Costa confirms that it had mafia ties. (Geoff Shackelford)

The Shell Houston Open is gathering some star power. (Golf Channel)

Russell Henley loves having "the butterflies." (GolfWeek)

Shane Bacon has five second-round Match Play winners for you today. (Yahoo)

Well, at least McIlroy is hitting the ball better off the tee! (Golf Channel)

Everybody was so worried about Woods and Howell that Carl Pettersson and Rickie Fowler couldn't even find an official at the end of their match. (GolfWeek)

Great lede on a Tiger story here: "same story, different desert." Also, Howell on Woods' charging at him: "It's king of like a whipped dog. You know it's coming.” (GolfWeek)

Peter Hanson thought about sleeping on the floor to try to straighten his back out. (AP)

The Woods-Howell match was the only one in the first round that was bogey-free. (Golf.com)

International

Haha. "Best chance for an international incident" goes to Kuchar-Garcia. (GolfDigest)

Nick Gillespie shot a 65 in the first round of an Australian tournament and forgot to sign his scorecard. (Golf Channel)

Equipment/Travel

Good point here. The relevant question about anchored putting is whether it's a stroke. (Geoff Shackelford)

Gear from the Match Play Championship. I like Thorbjorn Olesen's wedges. (GolfDigest)

On TV

2-6 p.m. ET - Golf Channel - Match Play Championship

Social

Pretty much.

I love D.J.'s Twitter feed.

I thought that's what made it awesome?

This Keegan Bradley eagle was fun ... while it lasted.

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