McDowell def. Mahan in 21 holes at WGC Match Play

Graeme McDowell during the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Graeme McDowell during the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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Graeme McDowell continued his late-match heroics, not leading until the 21st hole, where he defeated Hunter Mahan in the Round of 16.

We kept you posted on the highlights of the McDowell vs. Mahan match right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage.

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Hole No. 21: Par 4, 493 yards

The third extra hole is the par-4 10th. Mahan finds the rough off the tee and then hits his approach short and in the sand. McDowell, though, drains a big birdie putt to win the match.

McDOWELL WINS, 21 HOLES

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Hole No. 20: Par 4, 476 yards

The players move to the par-4 ninth for the second extra hole. McDowell and Mahan both can't reach the green in two shots and the hole is halved with pars after McDowell sinks a 12-foot putt.

THRU 20: All square

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Hole No. 19: Par 4, 460 yards

After McDowell runs his birdie try by the hole at the par-4 first, Mahan does the same and we're going to the second extra hole.

THRU 19: All square

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

The late-match heroics continue for McDowell, who sticks his approach to about 5 feet at the par-4 18th and then drains the birdie to win the hole and extend the match.

THRU 18: All square

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Mahan misses a 7-footer for par at the par-4 17th and McDowell stays alive.

THRU 17: Mahan, 1 up

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Mahan stretches his lead after McDowell bogeys the par-3 16th. Mahan had missed a 10-footer for birdie, but his par is still good enough to win the hole.

THRU 16: Mahan, 2 up

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Everyone knows Mahan has some fight in him and he's certainly showing it. After Graeme McDowell missed a 5 footer for birdie, Mahan calmly steps up and knocks home his 4 footer.

THRU 16: Mahan, 1 up

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Mahan made a mess of the 15th and he was less than 75 yards out. He yanked his approach shot into the bunker, then barely got out of the bunker and two-putted for double bogey. Graeme is conceded par.

THRU 15: All Square

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Hole high in two for Hunter Mahan, but he was in the bunker. He hits out to 3 feet. Graeme McDowell makes his 5 footer for par. Mahan makes his up and down approach and he takes the lead heading to 12.

THRU 11: Mahan, 1 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

McDowell manages to save par on the fifth, and that allows him to square the match with Mahan. Mahan was 2 up after two holes.

THRU 5:All square

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Mahan's experience at this event (2012, winner; 2013, runner-up) is really helping him this week. With a birdie at the second, he extends his lead over Graeme McDowell. But don't forget, McDowell has been the comeback kid in this tournament.

THRU 2: Mahan, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

In a rematch of the 2010 Ryder Cup match, Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell square off in this 4 (McDowell) vs. 8 (Mahan) match up. It's Mahan that strikes first with a par at No. 1

THRU 1: Mahan, 1 up

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Graeme McDowell

  • OWGR Rank: 17
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 47
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 3rd, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-7, AT&T Pebble Beach
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-5 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-9 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: McDowell won Volvo World Match Play in 2013 and also had a T-5 at Match Play in Arizona. Hasn't played a lot in this calendar year, but is a guy that simply doesn't go away. McDowell had advanced with a 1-up win over Gary Woodland in 19 holes in the first round.

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Hunter Mahan

  • OWGR Rank: 33
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 21
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-47, Farmers Insurance Open; T-4, Waste Management Phoenix Open; 6th, AT&T Pebble Beach; T-52, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): 2nd (2013); Won (2012); T-9 (2011); T-33 (2010); T-17 (2009)
  • Comments: Mahan might be in the middle of the field, but should be treated as a favorite, shown by a victory and a runner-up the past two years. He's also shown well as of late as he tries to make a run at the Ryder Cup squad. Mahan advanced with a 3 & 2 win over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the first round.

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Thursday's second-round coverage

J. Day, H. English smartly conquer second-round Match Play challenges

Thursday, we again saw evidence in the WGC-Accenture Match Play that the toughest hole can be the five inches between the ears. The mental part of the game again was on conspicuous display in, among other matches, a couple that went extra holes and were claimed by young stars Jason Day and Harris English.

G. McDowell: "I was dead and buried, both days," after second come-from-behind win

Live from the desert, a golf sequel to “The Year of Living Dangerously,” with Graeme McDowell, not Mel Gibson, playing the lead role. Shaking his head, he was trying to get his thoughts around what had just transpired in the second round of the Accenture Match Play Championship. By all respects, the man from Northern Ireland should have been packing his bags to head home. Instead, he’s on to the third round.

5 Things: R. Fowler stays hot; top seeds ousted; more

The unpredictability of match-play tournaments reared its head Thursday, and it provided plenty of surprising fireworks at Dove Mountain. From Rickie Fowler's comeback win over Jimmy Walker to Hunter Mahan's date with Graeme McDowell, as well as all four No. 1 seeds heading home, take a look at 5 Things you need to know after the Round of 32.

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Wednesday's first-round coverage

5 Things: Snedeker sneaks in; McIlroy moves on; more

Thirty-two matches, 64 players, nearly 10 hours of golf – and dozens of reasons why it's the best day of the year for pure PGA Tour fun, non-major category. But with so much going on, no time to waste. Here are 5 Things to know from Day 1 of the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Surprising starts: Bubba's comeback; Fowler, Blixt upsets

And for your morning breakfast, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship served up a trio of surprises. Rickie Fowler beating Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt eliminating Keegan Bradley? No argument there. But Bubba Watson ousting Mikko Ilonen? A surprise? If you go by stature in the game, resumes and seedings – Watson was 11th, Ilonen 54th – it surely wasn’t, but the way things turned in the American’s favor certainly was.

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Match Play preview coverage

Hole-by-hole preview of Dove Mountain, Match Play host course

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain is certainly fun to watch from home. And with match play, just about anything can happen, especially on this dramatic, rugged Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountain Range just north of Tucson, Ariz. See photos and a strategic description of all 18 holes.

Expert picks: No clear favorite at WGC Match Play

The field is stacked and this is truly the "anything-can-happen" tournament of the year, as match play seems to even the playing field in golf. With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott taking the WGC-Accenture Match Play off, a bit of intrigue might be lost, but the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter should provide some drama worth watching.

McDowell: 'Very fortunate to have escaped' at Match Play

There are no guarantees in golf, if we hadn’t known that before. Nothing is certain, particularly in 18-hole match play, even when you are 3 down with three holes left and your opponent sends an approach shot toward the pin. That was Graeme McDowell’s predicament in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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