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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 February 2008, 08:07 GMT
Monty slumps to defeat in Arizona
Colin Montgomerie
Montgomerie was the lowest ranked player remaining in the tournament
Colin Montgomerie crashed out of the WGC Match Play Championship with a 4&2 third-round defeat by Stewart Cink.

The match was all square at the turn but Cink took the lead with a birdie at the 10th and pulled away, rolling in a 15-foot putt at the 16th for victory.

South Korea's KJ Choi ended British participation in the tournament with a two up win over England's Paul Casey.

American Tiger Woods could have lost to Australian Aaron Baddeley, but finally won at the second extra hole.

Baddeley had a run of eight birdies in nine holes, and had putts to win at the 18th and 19th, but the world number one finally triumphed by sinking a 10-foot putt at the 20th.

"It was quality shot after quality shot," Woods said after reaching the quarter-finals for the fifth time in nine appearances at the event. "Matches like that are fun to be a part of.

"I felt that I was in control of the match the entire way around until I lost it on 14 and then went one down. With four holes to go, I had to find a way to at least get that control back.

"The match was unbelievable. I made two mistakes and gave him two holes, but he did the same."

Sometimes you can't explain golf

Stewart Cink

Baddeley, who shot 80 in the final round of the US Open on the last occasion he played alone with Woods, was understandably pleased with his overall performance against him.

"I played great, you know?" he said. "I made him have to win it."

Montgomerie was unable to repeat his form of the previous two days as his touch deserted him on the Tucson greens.

Rueing his poor putting, the Scot said: "I had chances on 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 and missed them all.

"He [Cink] putted very well. He even said he got lucky on a few of his putts and I was unlucky."

Cink added: "Sometimes you can't explain golf. I didn't really feel I had control of my ball today off the tee and I think Colin would agree with that."

606: DEBATE

Defending champion Henrik Stenson beat Jonathan Byrd one up to record his ninth consecutive victory in the Arizona event.

Some powerful hitting and solid putting carried US Open champion Angel Cabrera to a 4&3 win over world number three Steve Stricker.


Friday's third round results:

Tiger Woods (US) v Aaron Baddeley (Aus)
Woods won at second extra hole

Paul Casey (Eng) v KJ Choi (Kor)
Choi won 2 up

Jonathan Byrd (US) v Henrik Stenson (Swe)
Stenson won 1 up

Woody Austin (US) v Boo Weekley (US)
Austin won 3&2

Stuart Appleby (Aus) v Justin Leonard (US)
Leonard won 3&2

Rod Pampling (Aus) v Vijay Singh (Fij)
Singh won at seventh extra hole

Steve Stricker (US) v Angel Cabrera (Arg)
Cabrera won 4&3

Colin Montgomerie (Sco) v Stewart Cink (US)
Cink won 4&2



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