Woods gone, followed by other top seeds
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Chad Campbell expected overtime against Tiger Woods.
Standing to the side of the 18th green with a 1-up lead, he was so certain that Woods was going to make a 12-foot birdie -- doesn't he always? -- that Campbell already was planning his tee shot on the first extra hole.
Imagine his surprise, not to mention his delight, when Woods missed his putt.
"I wasn't really all that disappointed," Campbell said.
Instead of walking over to the first tee, he watched Woods climb the stairs toward the clubhouse and check out of the Match Play Championship.
Minutes later, hometown favorite and fifth-seeded Phil Mickelson lost to David Howell of England.
In the next group was Vijay Singh, the No. 2 seed, limping along against Padraig Harrington until the Fijian frittered away enough chances to lose on the 19th hole.
Defending champion David Toms, the No. 8 seed, saw his eight-match winning streak end against Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman in the shortest match of the third round.
Chris DiMarco was the No. 7 seed and said he doubted there were many players at La Costa with his toughness. What he discovered was that match play starts with birdies, and he only made one in a 3-and-2 loss to Davis Love III.
Six of the top eight seeds had reached the third round. Retief Goosen was the only one left after another high-charged day at La Costa.
Match play is exciting, but the rest of this field may not be good for ratings.