Mickelson scalp for Howell
Saturday 25 February 2006
England's David Howell added another big-name scalp to his collection last night when he knocked Phil Mickelson out of the World Match Play championship here in California.
Minutes after top seed Tiger Woods had been beaten by fellow American Chad Campbell on the final green, Howell completed a three and one victory over the world number five.
Three months after beating Woods head to head in Shanghai for the best strokeplay victory of his career, Howell was a superb four under par in the windy conditions as he advanced to the quarter-finals. Level with seven holes to play, he made a 45-foot birdie putt on the short 12th, Mickelson made a mess of the 14th, and the end came when the American, playing only a few miles from his home, bogeyed the 17th as well.
Of the two other Europeans through to the last 16 Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald the Irishman came through at the 19th hole when world number two Vijay Singh went in the sand, was short of the green in two and bogeyed.
But Donald could not make it three Europeans in the quarter-finals. A brilliant bunker shot by Retief Goosen at the last hole gave him victory.
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