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Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:43 pm | Updated: 8:18 pm, Tue Feb 28, 2012.

Wednesday kicked off the 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship tournament in Marana with few unexpected upsets.

Last year's champion, England's Luke Donald, lost to South Africa's Ernie Els 5 and 4.

"I am not sure where to start," Donald said about his loss in a press conference after the tournament. "I just didn't play very well. It's disappointing. I've been working really hard. To lose control of the golf ball like I did today is really frustrating, but I believe the hard work will start paying off soon."

For other's, like Tiger Woods, it was a close match throughout the day as both him and his opponent Gonzalo Fdez-Castano struggled to string decent shots together.

On the 10th hole, both Woods and Fdez-Castano hit their balls into the desert.

"I hit a bad tee shot at 10," Woods said. "After all that, I still had a putt to halve a hole and I missed it. And then at 11, I was kind of right between clubs. I mean it's hard to convince myself when I have 272 to the hole and it's a smooth 3-iron, and I decided to take off the 5-wood and try to chip it down there and put it either in the bunker or left, so I would have an easy pitch up the hill. And I hit it too far, I hit 280."

Thursday's tee times will be:

9:25 a.m. Stricker, Steve - Oosthuizen Louis

9:37 a.m. Yang, Y.E. - Mahan, Hunter

9:49 a.m. Manassero, Matteo - Laird, Martin

10:01 a.m. Ishikawa, Ryo - Lawrie, Paul

10:13 a.m. Rock, Robert - Wilson, Mark

10:25 a.m. Johnson, Dustin - Molinari, Francesco

10:37 a.m. Day, Jason - Senden, John

10:49 a.m. Schwartzel, - Charl Bae, Sang-Moon

11:01 a.m. Kaymer, Martin - Toms, David

11:13 a.m. Kuchar, Matt - Watson, Bubba

11:25 a.m. Westwood, Lee - Karlsson, Robert

11:37 a.m. Watney, Nick - Woods, Tiger

11:49 a.m. Els, Ernie - Hanson, Peter

12:01 p.m. Stanley, Kyle - Snedeker, Brandt

12:13 p.m. McIlroy, Rory - Hansen, Anders

12:25 p.m. Jimenez, Miguel A. - Bradley, Keegan

 

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