Kaymer advances at Accenture Match Play

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Marana, AZ – Martin Kaymer, the only No. 1 seed left, defeated Hunter Mahan, 2 & 1 in Friday's third round to advance at the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship.

With Tiger Woods eliminated in Wednesday's first round, and Phil Mickelson and overall No. 1 Lee Westwood ousted on Thursday, Kaymer was the only No. 1 seed left on Friday and he battled to get into Saturday's quarterfinals.

Mahan was conceded the 11th hole to move 2-up, but Kaymer was conceded 13 to cut the deficit to 1-down. He recorded another birdie to win the 14th then both players birdied the 15th to keep the match all-square.

Kaymer's fourth birdie in a row, an eight-footer at the par-three 16th at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, moved him 1-up with two to play. Kaymer missed the green left at 17, but Mahan followed him to a similar spot, then duffed a chip in a scene reminiscent of last year's Ryder Cup.

Kaymer got on the green with his third and Mahan did with his fourth. After Mahan missed his bogey putt, he conceded the hole and match to Kaymer.

"I had four birdies in a row on the back side and that kept me alive to be honest," Kaymer said in a televised interview. "He was playing good golf. I was just playing a little bit better on the back side."

If Kaymer can get to Sunday's final, he will become the new No. 1 in the world.

To get to the semifinals, Kaymer will need to beat one his Ryder Cup teammates and the oldest player in the field.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, 47, destroyed Ben Crane, 7 & 6 to set up a date with Kaymer in Saturday's quarterfinals. Jimenez, the sixth seed in the Gary Player bracket, has never won in the United States.

Matt Kuchar, No. 4 in the Ben Hogan bracket, took out young American Rickie Fowler, 2 & 1 to set up a quarterfinal match against former PGA Champion and No. 11 seed Y.E. Yang, who knocked off U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, 3 & 2.

"Right now it feels great to win over Graeme," said Yang. "I think my overall condition is good. And just because I won it, my condition feels better."

The Sam Snead bracket will come down to two of the game's longest hitters. Bubba Watson, the fifth seed, trounced two-time winner Geoff Ogilvy, 6 & 4. Watson hasn't seen the 17th hole this week as he's been firmly in command in all of his matches.

"I've won the first hole all three rounds," said Watson. "So stepping on the next tee it makes it easier, you're 1-up. You can make a bad swing and still be tied. It's worked in my favor right now."

Watson will face J.B. Holmes, the sixth seed who got into the tournament on Tuesday when Tim Clark withdrew. Holmes won the last two holes to defeat 23- year-old Australian Jason Day, 1-up and set up a bomber's battle on Saturday.

"I haven't played with him for a while," Holmes said of Watson. "I played with him at the PGA last year, one round. I've played with him three or four times, I think."

Ryan Moore, the 12th seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, poured in a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to topple Nick Watney, 1-up in 19 holes. Watney birdied 17 and 18, but couldn't get one more to keep going.

"I knew I was going to have to throw some birdies at him," acknowledged Moore in a televised interview. "You kind of could sense it was going to go all the way to 18, maybe extra holes."

Moore will meet No. 3 Luke Donald in the quarterfinals. Donald beat 17-year- old Italian Matteo Manassero, 3 & 2.

NOTES: Due to impending inclement weather, the format has changed. The quarterfinals are still on tap for Saturday, but with snow possible on Sunday morning, the semifinals will now take place on Saturday afternoon with just the 18-hole final and consolation match on Sunday.


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