Donald crashes out

Donald crashes out

Former champion Luke Donald was the biggest name to fall in the second round of the snow-delayed WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after being pummelled 7&6 by American Scott Piercy on Friday.

The British World No 3 was totally outplayed by Piercy, who was effectively seven-under par on his ball after being conceded a four-foot birdie putt at the short 12th to seal the win.

Piercy spectacularly holed out with a four-iron from 221 yards to eagle the par-four fifth, then birdied the sixth, eighth and ninth to go 6-up on Donald by the turn.

Making his first appearance in the elite World Golf Championships event, Piercy will next meet 2001 champion Steve Stricker who edged past fellow American Nick Watney after 21 holes.

After stunning World No 1 Rory McIlroy 1-up on Thursday, Shane Lowry continued his winning form on Friday, making five birdies in a flawless display on the way to a commanding 6&5 victory over Swede Carl Pettersson.

Charles Howell III, who stunned three-times champion Tiger Wood 2&1 on Thursday, however, ran out of steam as he was crushed 6&5 by Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Long-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts became the first player to reach the third round with a 4&2 upset win over British World No 6 Justin Rose on Friday.

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