Saturday's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship quarterfinals will feature four Americans and a Briton, South Korean, Spaniard and German — and hardly any crowd favorites.
Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell and former Match Play champion Geoff Ogilvy were among those eliminated during today's third round at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. Playing in front of sunny skies and a surprisingly boisterous gallery, the tournament's three most popular players went down. South Korea's Y.E. Yang dispatched McDowell 3 and 2, knocking the No. 5 overall seed out. Bubba Watson beat Geoff Ogilvy 6 and 4 , the match ending with a concession on the 14th green. Fowler was dispatched by American Matt Kuchar 2 and 1.
For the second consecutive day, second-seeded Martin Kaymer needed a harrowing finish to advance. He birdied the 16th hole and parred the 17th, prevailing 2 and 1 over American Hunter Mahan. The 26-year-old German will take on Miguel Angel Jimenez, who routed Ben Crane 7 and 6.
Ryan Moore will face Luke Donald in today's quarterfinals after defeating Nick Watney in 19 holes. Donald eliminated 17-year-old Matteo Manassero 3 and 2. Watson will face J.B. Holmes, who is fast becoming the tournament's best story; the onetime alternate advanced to today's quarterfinals with a 1-up win over Jason Day. Holmes was 1-down heading to No. 17, but won the final two holes with pars.
Saturday's quarterfinals will start at 7 a.m., part of a scheduling change designed to avoid inclement weather. Both the quarterfinals and semifinals will be played Saturday, with an 18-hole championship match scheduled for Sunday at 12:15 p.m.