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Tiger Woods Wins On Final Putt On 18 To Advance In World Match Play Championship

Tiger Woods was struggling to stay alive in the first round of the 2012 World Match Play Championship. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was leading late through 14 holes. But then Woods nailed a birdie on 15th while Fernandez-Castano missed his, leading to a tie going into the final three holes. Fernandez-Castano then missed the green on the par-3 16th hole, and Tiger took a one-up lead going into the final two holes.

On 17, both Tiger and Fernandez-Castano miss their bids (particularly Woods, who misses an eight-foot birdie that would've ended the match). After Woods made a terrible approach shot into the rough and was stuck with a par putt, Fernandez-Castano missed his birdie putt, leading Woods to nail his par putt and move on, winning one-up.

For a more extensive report on Tiger's round, check out the excellent report by Tom Weir of USA Today.

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