MARANA, Ariz. (AP) Graeme McDowell ended exactly what was continue to a huge week to get Shane Lowry at the Match Play Championship.
McDowell created several birdies from a five-hole stretch for taking a 4-up guide with the turn, and then outlasted his Irish friend, 3 and 2, on Saturday to realize the quarterfinals on this World Golf Championship to the earliest time.
Lowry became the very first No. 64 seed starting inside 15-year track record belonging to the event to reach the next round, right after an 18-hole conquer No. 1 Rory McIlroy and also a thrashing with Carl Pettersson. Lowry merely weren't well-defined plenty of to be able to manage McDowell.
"Very complicated to have the actual online poker face on as well as actually knuckle down and engage in Shane, being good good friend like your dog is," claimed McDowell, who knocked out each online players from Ireland the following few days soon after beating Padraig Harrington within the first round.
Next up to get McDowell upon Saturday evening seemed to be Jason Day, who taken out Masters champion Bubba Watson and also left this kind of match without a top-10 seed going in to the quarterfinals for your earliest period ever.
The very best golf belonged to be able to Steve Stricker, who famous his / her 46th birthday together with a match this produced him or her think 47. Stricker created tendencies birdies along with desired every one of them for you to beat Scott Piercy, which opportunity 65 and also lost. Stricker was 1 decrease by using not one but two holes quit whenever he / she rolled throughout a new 5-foot birdie putt on No. eight and also gained the complement which includes a 30-foot birdie putt within the ninth hole. Piercy performed his continue thirty holes in 14-under par, with not a single bogey, and also they had been outside your tournament.
"I don't even think a single one individuals made bogey," Stricker said, observing Piercy stroll alone toward that clubhouse at Dove Mountain . "That's coordinate play, I guess. Neither probably us warranted for you to lose."
Stricker faced his touchiest go with that evening Ian Poulter, the actual guy no-one wants to play and also complete thing . to beat.
Poulter, easily developing a reputation because the greatest in match perform about the strength with his Ryder Cup performances, last but not least torn in two far from Tim Clark if the South African made some mistakes with the turn. Poulter went along to several up as well as ended up which has a 5-and-3 victory.
In some other third-round meets Saturday morning:
Robert Garrigus went a further go with not having attaining the 18th hole, in addition to they started defending champion Hunter Mahan as the one online players that have definitely not trailed this week. Garrigus birdied the particular second hole and travelled through to a 3-and-1 succeed above Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden.
He next faced Matt Kuchar, which bought ahead first of big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts and also won, 4 and also 3.
Mahan features enjoyed simply 43 holes within three rounds, plus he / she extended his talent to 133 holes with no walking dating towards the cutting open around final year. Mahan acquired a smaller measure connected with vengeance versus Martin Kaymer, a final person to overcom Mahan on Dove Mountain .
Mahan have your quarterfinal coordinate next to U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, whom required most of eighteen holes to get a 2-up win over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano involving Spain.
Five Americans reached the actual quarterfinals, one of the most in 10 years.
Poulter was the greatest seed remaining at No. 11.
McDowell's acquire ended up being good news flash intended for a minumum of one person throughout Ireland. By always keeping Lowry out of getting the actual semifinals, he / she confident Harrington would shift absolutely no further as compared with No. fifty on the globe and qualify for another WGC function in two many days during Doral.
Alex Noren, to who McDowell exhausted in the next round, will transfer that will No. forty nine as well as enter into Doral.