Always look on the bright side of life

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, the world’s top two players, are headed home after losing in the opening round of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana. No doubt fans are a little bummed out.

But look on the bright side: The field still has a lot of crowd favorites. Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter all won today. Plus, there are, of course, two No. 16 seeds moving on. Everyone loves a Cinderella story, right?

The next chapter unfolds Friday morning at 9:20. There are still two first-round matches to complete, then it’s time for the 32 survivors to go at it. We hope to see you at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain for more exciting action.

To see updated brackets, click here.

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