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SAN FRANCISCO – Lee Westwood chipped in for par and made a 12-foot birdie putt to eliminate Masters champion Jordan Spieth on Friday in the Match Play Championship.
They were all square with two holes to play and Westwood played them better to advance to the round of 16.
Branden Grace became the first player to advance in a sudden-death playoff, beating Charley Hoffman and Zach Johnson with a birdie on the third extra hole to win his group. Under the old single-elimination format, Grace would have been gone on Wednesday for the third straight year. Instead, his victory over Hoffman led to a three-way tie in the group, and they went to a playoff.
Gary Woodland beat Webb Simpson in another winner-take-all match. Hunter Mahan also won his third straight match to advance.