Not even Graeme McDowell can believe he’s still alive in the Match Play Championship.
Right when it looked as though he used up all his magic, McDowell pulled off another improbable escape Friday to advance to the quarterfinals at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. This time, he had to win the last two holes against Hunter Mahan to force overtime. Then he made a 20-foot par putt to extend the match before winning it with a birdie on the 21st hole.
‘‘Nine lives have been used up, and then some,’’ said McDowell, who has not led in any match until the last hole. ‘‘I’ve just robbed three players. I can’t believe I'm still in it.’’
In the first round, he was 3 down to Gary Woodland with three holes to play before winning the next three holes. McDowell won with a birdie on the 19th hole. In the second round, he was 2 down with four holes to play against Hideki Matsuyama when he won two holes, made a 10-foot par to halve another, and won the 18th with a par.
Against Mahan, McDowell’s par putt just curled into the left side of the cup on the 17th and Mahan’s par putt slid by. On 18, McDowell’s approach caught the ridge, and he made the 6-foot birdie for overtime.
On the 20th hole, the par-4 ninth, McDowell’s 3-wood caught a deep bunker and left him no shot at the green. He then hit 9-iron to get over the lip and barely cleared the desert, and his third shot settled 20 feet away. He sank that for par and won the next hole.
In other matches: Victor Dubuisson topped Bubba Watson for the right to play McDowell in the quarters, Jim Furyk beat Harris English, Rickie Fowler edged Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen beat Webb Simpson, Jason Day got past George Coetzee, Ernie Els defeated Jason Dufner, and Jordan Spieth ousted Matt Kuchar.
LPGA — Anna Nordqvist made two late bogeys at the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi, but escaped with a one-stroke lead after two rounds.
The Swede shot an even-par 72 to remain 6 under. Germany’s Sandra Gal, Paraguay’s Julieta Granada, and Spain’s Azahara Munoz were tied for second.