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McDowell rallies in Match Play

on February 20, 2014 10:20 AM

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Graeme McDowell pulled off the biggest surprise in an opening round of comebacks in the Match Play Championship.

McDowell was 4 down through seven holes and still three holes behind with three to play when he staged an improbable rally against Gary Woodland. McDowell seized on Woodland’s mistakes to win the next three holes, and then put him away with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole.

The match-play format was brutal for 32 players that were headed home, a list that included Zach Johnson (3), Dustin Johnson (6) and Steve Stricker (9) among the top 10 seeds.

Eleven of the 32 matches went at least 18 holes, with five of them decided in overtime.

Eight players trailed with six holes remaining and went on to win.

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