- Associated Press - Friday, February 25, 2011

MARANA, ARIZ. (AP) - Geoff Ogilvy was not sure what to make of the 16 players left at the Match Play Championship. A two-time champion, he knows not to expect anything at the most unpredictable tournament of the year.

Even so, it was a peculiar mix of guys who advanced Thursday into the third round at Dove Mountain.

There was 47-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez and 17-year-old Matteo Manassero. PGA champion Martin Kaymer was still around, just barely, after going 20 holes to be the highest seed remaining at No. 2. Lee Westwood was not, the third straight year the No. 1 seed failed to get out of the second round.

“You get used to seeing guys winning,” Ogilvy said, referring to two-time finalist Paul Casey and Stewart Cink, who had reached at least the quarterfinals the last three years. Both of them were beaten.

“It just proves how uncomfortable this tournament is.”

This Accenture Match Play Championship suddenly has a flavor of youth and inexperience, which isn’t necessarily the same thing.

Ogilvy and Jimenez are the only players who have reached the quarterfinals. Four players in the round of 16 are making their Match Play debut _ Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Manassero and Jason Day.

The strangest of all is the American contingent.

For the first time in five years, eight Americans have reached the third round, although it’s not the usual suspects. Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk were eliminated in the first round, and Phil Mickelson joined them on Thursday.

It was Mickelson’s loss that highlighted the second day _ not only how he lost, but who beat him.

Fowler is a 22-year-old with game to go with his flair, dressed in matching pink shoes and shirts, attacking the course with joy. Despite a bogey on the third hole _ the only one he lost _ Fowler was 8-under par through 13 holes when the match ended, including a chip-in for birdie and two eagles over his last four holes.

He won 6 and 5, the worst loss ever for Mickelson in this World Golf Championship.

“He doesn’t really have a weakness,” Mickelson said. “He really is a complete player, and he put it together today. I just couldn’t keep pace. I think he’s going to do a lot for American golf.”

Fowler advanced to play Matt Kuchar, a Ryder Cup teammate who made it to the third round for the first time.

The surprise was Manassero, the Italian teen sensation, who usually makes his mark for his age. He was youngest to win the British Amateur, the youngest to win on the European Tour when he captured the Castello Masters in Spain last fall.

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