Marana, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Spieth continued his stellar play, while Graeme McDowell escaped once again and both won their third round matches at the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship on Friday.
Spieth earned a hard-fought 2 & 1 win over 2013 champion Matt Kuchar, while McDowell rallied to beat 2012 winner Hunter Mahan in 21 holes. McDowell has rallied from 3-down deficits in each of his first three matches.
Spieth, the third seed in the Gary Player bracket, moves on to face eight- seeded Ernie Els. The South African held on to beat Jason Dufner, 1-up, on Friday.
McDowell, who is seeded fourth in the Sam Snead bracket, will battle seventh- seeded Victor Dubuisson in the quarters. Dubuisson never trailed as he beat Bubba Watson, 1-up, at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.
Jason Day, the two seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, is the highest remaining seed. Day never trailed en route to beating George Coetzee, 3 & 1.
Day will battle eighth-seeded Louis Oosthuizen. The former British Open champion ran away from Webb Simpson with six wins in an eight-hole span. Oosthuizen walked off with a 5 & 4 win.
In the Ben Hogan bracket, fifth-seeded Jim Furyk and 14th-seeded Rickie Fowler both earned 1-up wins. Furyk rallied from a 3-down deficit to beat Harris English. Fowler never led against Sergio Garcia until making birdie at the 18th to win 1-up.
MORE TO FOLLOW.