February 21, 2014
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc., PGATOUR.COM
- Graeme McDowell accomplished something pretty rare at the Accenture Match Play. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
• Graeme McDowell stunned another opponent yet again as he beat Hunter Mahan on the 21st hole Friday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. As in the previous two rounds McDowell once again never led at any point during the match until after the final hole. Quite a few players over the years have won their first three rounds by just one hole but McDowell is the first to never hold a lead at any time over this span.
• Friday’s play at the third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship featured competitive matches not seen in sometime. Of the eight third-round matches, seven went 17 holes or more. Friday’s action was just the second time in the history of the Match Play that this many third-round matches went 17 holes or longer. You have to go back to 1999, the inaugural year of the event, when all eight matches went 17 holes or more to find a year with as many as Friday.
• Friday’s match between second seed Matt Kuchar and third seed Jordan Speith is the 10th time at the WGC-Accenture Match Play that a second and third seed have faced off in any round. The last such occurrence came back in 2010 when second seed Paul Casey lost to third seed Ian Poulter 4 and 2 in the championship match.
The last such occurrence in the third round came in 2009, when second seed Geoff Ogilvy won his match against third seed Camilo Villegas 2 and 1. Ogilvy would go on to win the event that year.
• Louis Oosthuizen has recoded 29 one putts on 47 holes played through his first three rounds of play at this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The 61.7 percent one putt average is the highest ever recorded for a player recorded 29 or more one putts through their first three rounds. The previous high belonged to Steve Stricker, who posted a 58.0 percent average when he made 29 one putts on 50 holes played.