"I always think that Shane has got three or four of the qualities that are required to be a great player," McDowell said. "He drives the ball well, he's got a phenomenal short game, and he's got guts. I really feel like he's got those three qualities and he always has had them. It never surprises me when he does things like this on the biggest stage. I think he's a very quality player and he's certainly one to look out for in the future. I just hope he doesn't go crazy on me in the morning."
The other giant killer, Charles Howell III, wasn't so fortunate. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who had to finish his 1-up win over Francesco Molinari in the morning, never lost a hole in a 6-and-5 win. Howell, one day after beating Woods, didn't make a single birdie.
In other matches:
— Defending champion Hunter Mahan had an easy time with Richard Sterne to win his eighth straight match, and next faces the last player to beat him in this event — Martin Kaymer, who defeated Rafael Cabrera Bello of Spain.
— U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to beat Peter Hanson.
— Steve Stricker came out of retirement and knocked out Nick Watney on the 21st hole. It was the first time Watney has failed to reach the third round in this tournament, though it wasn't from a lack of effort. He birdied four of the last six holes to force overtime, scrambled for par from a desert bush on the second extra hole and ended his long day with a bogey to lose. Stricker next plays Piercy, and the ease with which Piercy won caught his attention.
"Anybody can beat anybody, so that doesn't surprise me that he beat Luke," Stricker said. "But 7 and 6 surprises me. Was he 7-under through 12, did I hear? Maybe he used them all up today."
— Ian Poulter built a big lead over Bo Van Pelt and hung on to win on the 17th hole. Poulter is the No. 11 seed and faces Tim Clark of South Africa.
"I played the type of golf that's going to be tough to beat," said Poulter, the 2010 winner of the Match Play. "I had seven birdies, no bogeys, and when you play like that, then obviously it's going to be a tough day for him."
The tough part for Van Pelt was leaving. He later tweeted that he had to remove golf tees from his bag to meet the 50-pound weight limit for luggage on the flight home.
Under beautiful sunshine and mild temperatures, the snow-delayed tournament is almost back on schedule. The third round will start Saturday morning, followed by the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. Of the 16 players remaining, Europe and the United States each have seven players. Four matches Saturday morning will be U.S. against Europe.
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