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Once again, Casey doesn't need 18 holes to win

MARANA, Ariz. — Paul Casey has yet to play the final four holes at Dove Mountain after three days of the Match Play Championship.

The Englishman has won his three matches 5 and 4, the latest over Brian Gay in the third round.

"I don't think there's any one particular part of my game that's jumping out that is fantastic right now," he said after Friday's match. "It's just all very, very solid."

Casey, the highest remaining seed at No. 6, advanced to a quarterfinal against Stewart Cink, who beat Charl Schwartzel in 19 holes.

Cink rolled in a 29-foot putt on the 16th and an 18-footer on the 18th to avoid elimination.

Sergio Garcia reached the quarterfinals for the first time in nine appearances at the WGC event, beating Tim Clark 2 and 1, and faces Oliver Wilson.

The quarterfinal winners play in the semifinals this afternoon (see matchup box).

PGA: Joe Durant shot 5-under 66 to increase his lead to two strokes at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Durant finished at 12-under 130, with J.P. Hayes (67) in second.

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen cruised to 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead over Hee Young Park (66) after the second round of the Thailand Open in Pattaya. The 2007 champion remained bogey-free to close at 14-under 130, the best two-round performance in the event's history. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (74) was tied for 24th at 2 under.

Champions: Tom Jenkins and Jay Haas each shot 8-under 64 to share the lead after the first round of the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Corey Pavin was one back with Mike Reid.


World Match Play

Quarterfinal matches, with semifinals to follow:

• Ian Poulter vs. Thongchai Jaidee *

• Sergio Garcia vs. Oliver Wilson *

• Retief Goosen vs. Camilo Villegas #

• Paul Casey vs. Stewart Cink #

* Winners play first semifinal

# Winners play second semifinal

Once again, Casey doesn't need 18 holes to win 02/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010 10:28pm]
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