WGC World Match Play: McDowell books last-eight spot

Graeme McDowell WGC World Match Play

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Graeme McDowell says he cannot believe he has made it through to the quarter-finals of the WGC World Match Play after edging past Hunter Mahan.

The Northern Irishman was two down with two to play against the American but won them both before then beating Mahan on the third extra hole.

It is not the first time McDowell has been forced to battle back to stay in the tournament. He was three down with three to play against Gary Woodland in the opening round, and then came back from two holes down to beat Hideki Matsuyama on the final green.

McDowell admits he has been lucky but is just delighted to be in the quarter-finals.

“It’s entertaining but I’d rather have it easier, believe me,” he said. “I was sure I was beaten against Gary Woodland and walking off the 16th I thought I was beaten again.

“I’ve just robbed three players at this tournament and I can’t believe I’m still in it.”

McDowell will now face Frenchman Victor Dubiusson, who beat Bubba Watson to book his place in the last eight.

McDowell is 1.67 to win the match and make his way through to the semi-finals, with Dubuisson available at 2.25.

In the other quarter-final matches Jason Day (1.71) will play Louis Oosthuizen (2.17), Jim Furyk (1.84) takes on Rickie Fowler (2.00) and Jordan Spieth (1.47) is up against Ernie Els (2.75).

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