Oosthuizen cruises, McDowell again Houdini-like

Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:27pm EST
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(Reuters) - South African Louis Oosthuizen coasted in sizzling style while Americans Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler both staged thrilling comebacks to reach the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship quarter-finals in Marana, Arizona on Friday.

Also advancing into the last eight were Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, making his debut this week in a World Golf Championships event, and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, after a third successive Houdini-like escape at Dove Mountain.

Former British Open champion Oosthuizen, who upset top-seeded Swede Henrik Stenson in the previous round, was a flawless six under for the day when he sealed a commanding 5&4 victory over American Webb Simpson.

Oosthuizen, who has been one of the standout players all week, eagled the par-five second and then added four birdies to tighten his grip on the third-round encounter.

"I'm playing some of my best (golf) now," Oosthuizen told reporters. "I'm hitting the ball really good and just need to make the putts.

"I made quite a few birdies coming in, and he put himself in a few tough spots off the tee to make bogeys and pars. My golf has been really solid."

Oosthuizen will next meet Australian Jason Day, who never trailed on the way to a comfortable 3&1 win against South African George Coetzee.

PGA Tour veteran Furyk and emerging talent Fowler also reached the last eight, but both had their work cut out before they advanced.

HOTLY CONTESTED   Continued...