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Getting to the round of 16 in the Match Play Championship was all that mattered Thursday in Marana, Ariz.
Jordan Spieth made it look like child’s play. Graeme McDowell aged another 10 years with another stunning escape. And it proved too difficult for Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy, who lost in extra holes on another wild day at Dove Mountain.
‘‘I thought I was dead and buried both days,’’ McDowell said.
One day after rallying from 3 down with three holes to play to win in overtime, McDowell was two holes back on the 15th tee when he made an 8-foot birdie, halved the next hole with a 10-foot par, won the 17th with a birdie, and then holed a 6-foot par putt on 18 for a 1-up win over Hideki Matsuyama.