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“I know I can beat anybody on any given day,” Mahan said.

Mahan set up a third-round match against Martin Kaymer, the German player who handed the American his last loss in the tournament _ a 2-and 1 decision in the third round in 2011.

“That was a good match,” Kaymer said. “I barely won in the end, but it was a tough, really tight match, and he became a lot better player the last two years. I have a lot of respect for him. It will be very tough.”

Kaymer beat Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello 2 and 1 on Friday.


PERFECT PIERCY: Scott Piercy holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 fifth hole in his 7-and-6 victory over 2011 champion Luke Donald.

“That was pretty, man,” Piercy said. “I had 221 into the wind, and Luke had hit his second shot 50, 60 yards short of the green in the bunker. Really, I was just trying to hit like a little cut 4-iron, roll it up on the green, kind of put the pressure back on him to hit a good bunker shot to try and get up and down.

“I flushed it, and you never imagine that you’re trying to make it. It’s just luck. But it’s perfectly executed, just a low cut and hit right into the slope and disappeared.”

Piercy will face Steve Stricker in the third round. Stricker beat Nick Watney in 21 holes.


WEATHER FORECAST: Morning frost is expected over the weekend, with overnight lows around 33 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday.

Saturday will be the best day of the tournament with mostly sunny conditions and a high of 63. On Sunday, it is expected to be partly cloudy and breezy with a high of 59.

The opening round was halted Wednesday after 3 1/2 hours because of a freak snowstorm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly 2 inches. More snow fell overnight, and play finally resumed early Thursday afternoon. Because of the delay, the second round was pushed back to Friday, forcing the third round to be played Saturday morning before the quarterfinals.

Two rounds also are set for Sunday.


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