Woods Survives 20-Hole Battle with Baddeley

Tiger reaches Match Play quarterfinals with clutch birdie putt
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 8:49 PM CST
Woods Survives 20-Hole Battle with Baddeley
Aaron Baddeley, left, of Australia, reacts to missing a putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 22, 2008. His opponent, Tiger Woods, is at right. If he had made it,...   (Associated Press)

Aaron Baddeley made Tiger Woods beat him, and as usual the world's No. 1 player was up to the challenge. Woods had 12 birdies on 20 holes as he outlasted Baddeley today to reach the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championship's Match Play Championship, reports the Associated Press. "It was quality shot after quality shot," Woods said. "Matches like that are fun to be a part of."

Baddeley had 10 birdies, including five in a row to start the back nine, and was one hole up on Woods after 14 holes. But he missed a clinching 10-foot birdie putt on 18 and a 12-foot eagle putt on the 19th hole. Tiger then sank a 13-foot birdie on the 20th hole for the win. Woods plays K.J. Choi, a 1-up winner over Paul Casey, tomorrow. (Read more golf stories.)

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