At Marana, Ariz., Tiger Woods barely broke a sweat. Steve Stricker went into overtime for the second straight day. They had only one thing in common Thursday in the Accenture Match Play Championship, which ultimately was all that mattered.
Both are still playing.
One day after a stunning comeback to survive the opening round, Woods built a quick lead against Arron Oberholser and never gave him much hope in a 3-and-2 victory. The thrills belonged to Steve Stricker, who made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole to extend the match, then beat Presidents Cup teammate Hunter Mahan with a birdie putt just inside 50 feet. It was the second straight day Stricker won in 20 holes. It was the second straight year that Phil Mickelson was given a long weekend off. He couldn't make enough birdies to keep up with Stuart Appleby, who couldn't miss.
FIELDS OPEN: At Kapolei, Hawaii , Michelle Wie got off to a promising start in her first tournament round of the year, shooting a 3-under 69 to finish five strokes behind first-round leader Jeong Jang. Paula Creamer shot a 66, birdieing the last three holes for a 5-under 31 on the back nine. Annika Sorenstam, trying to complete a Hawaiian sweep after winning at the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay for her 70th LPGA Tour title, opened with a 70.