- Associated Press - Friday, February 25, 2011

MARANA, ARIZ. (AP) - Rickie Fowler and Ben Crane followed big wins with losses in the Match Play Championship.

One day after Crane recorded the second-largest win in this tournament at 8 and 7, he had no chance against the oldest player. Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 47-year-old Spaniard, beat him 7 and 6 on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals.

Fowler eliminated Phil Mickelson in 13 holes on Thursday, then lost in the next round to Matt Kuchar, 2 and 1.

Also advancing on a warm afternoon at Dove Mountain were Y.E. Yang, who took out U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell; and Bubba Watson, who overpowered two-time champion Geoff Ogilvy for a 6-and-4 victory.

Italian teen Matteo Manassero also was on his way out, 4 down with four holes to play against Luke Donald.

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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.

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