Accenture Match Play 2014 results and bracket: Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell impress on Day 3

Sam Greenwood

There was no shortage of drama at Dove Mountain on Friday with unusual happenings and an improbable comeback.

And then there were eight.

The Accenture Match Play field was cut in half once again, narrowing from 16 players to eight. Day 3 wasn't lacking intrigue with a couple impressive come-from-behind wins and one of the most bizarre things you'll ever see in a match play event.

Bobby Jones Bracket

No. 8 Louis Oosthuizen def. No. 5 Webb Simpson - 5 and 4

It was almost a tale of two matches between Oosthuizen and Simpson. They matched stokes early, trading holes to be all square through six holes. It looked like the two would go back-and-forth all round, but that wasn't the case. While Oosthuizen continued to play well, Simpson ran into some trouble, allowing Oosthuizen to open up a lead. He won five of six holes at one point to go up four through 11 holes. He increased that margin and won comfortably.

No. 2 Jason Day def. No. 14 George Coetzee - 3 and 1

Day took the advantage on the opening hole and held it nearly the entire match, leading 16 of the 17 holes. While he was in the lead for nearly the entire match, he wasn't able to put much distance between himself and Coetzee. Day was 2-up through 16 holes and a capped the match with a birdie at No. 17.

Up next: No. 2 Jason Day vs. No. 8 Louis Oosthuizen

Ben Hogan Bracket

No 14 Rickie Fowler def. No. 2 Sergio Garcia - 1 up

Through the first five holes of the match, it was business as usual. Then, a swarm of bees hit on No. 6, and things got weird. Garcia was 2-up through five. He encountered a swarm of bees on the sixth hole and had to take a drop. Following a long process with a rules official, Garcia eventually got his drop and the two went on to halve the hole. The length of the drop bothered Garcia due to its impact on Fowler. To make it up, Garcia offered Fowler a halve on the seventh green, despite the fact they were laying even and Garcia was roughly 10 feet closer to the hole.

It's not every day you see a player offer a good-good when the other player is putting from nearly 18 feet. Even with the decision, Garcia was in solid position up three with 10 holes to play. That's when Fowler really got rolling. Back-to-back birdies by Fowler at No. 9 and No. 10 pulled him within one. He squared the match with a birdie on No. 16 and finished off the comeback with another birdie on No. 18.

Although the decision may have ultimately cost him the match, Garcia said he had no regrets.

"I don't regret it at all," Garcia said, via PGA "This is a gentleman's game and lately it hasn't felt like it's been like that. This is the way I was brought up."

How strange was Garcia's offer? Strange enough that Fowler wasn't initially sure what Garcia was offering.

"He said, 'You wanna halve?'" Fowler said, via Jason Sobel. "I didn't know what he meant. I thought maybe he had a sandwich."

While the action on the seventh green garnered plenty of attention, it would be less of a story had Fowler not played exceptionally well down the stretch. He played the final 10 holes at 5-under.

No. 5 Jim Furyk def. No. 9 Harris English - 1 up

The 24-year-old English looked strong early, going up three through six holes, but the 43-year-old Furyk battled back. Furyk won three of the next six holes to square the match through 12. He took the lead for the first time at No. 14, although it didn't last long with English squaring the match on No. 15. Furyk pulled back ahead with a birdie on No. 16 and the two halved the final two holes, with Furyk holding on for the win.

Up next: No. 5 Jim Furyk vs. No. 14 Rickie Fowler

Gary Player Bracket

No. 8 Ernie Els def. No.. 4 Jason Dufner - 1 up

The two major winners traded birdies in what was a tight match for all 18 holes. Neither player led by more than two at any point. Els was 1-up through 16, but bogeyed No. 17, while Dufner pared the hole to square the match. Els wasted little time making up for the mistake, sinking a birdie putt on No. 18 to win the match.

No. 3 Jordan Spieth def. No. 2 Matt Kuchar - 2 and 1

The impressive start to Spieth's young career continues. He birdied four of the first six holes and six of the first 10 go go 3-up through 10 holes. Kuchar won two straight holes to cut the lead to one, but that was as close as he'd get. After halving four straight holes, a birdie at No. 17 sealed the match for Spieth. The 20-year-old advances to the final eight, the youngest player to make the top eight since Rory McIlroy did so as a 19-year-old in 2009.

Up next: No. 3 Jordan Spieth vs. No. 8 Ernie Els

Sam Snead Bracket

No. 4 Graeme McDowell def. No. 8 Hunter Mahan - 1 up (21 holes)

McDowell didn't take an easy path to the final eight, but it's surely been entertaining. For the third straight day, he mounted a significant comeback to pull victory out of certain defeat. The match was even early on and the two headed to No. 11 all square. After trading holes, McDowell and Mahan were once again square heading to No. 15. The match appeared to shift in Mahan's favor as a birdie on No. 15 and a McDowell bogey on No. 16 left Mahan 2-up with two to play.

Just as he did during the first two rounds, McDowell won the holes he had to win. After cutting Mahan's lead to 1-up at No. 17, McDowell birdied No. 18 to square the match. He then sealed the victory with a birdie on the third playoff hole. It was the third straight round McDowell trailed heading to No. 17, only to pull out a victory.

"I can't believe it, really," McDowell said, via Sobel. "I've just robbed three players."

No. 7 Victor Dubuisson def. No. 3 Bubba Watson - 1 up

Neither Watson or Dubuisson played very well on Friday, but it was the underdog coming away with the win. Dubuisson advanced despite making just one birdie on the round and playing the day at 1-over. Although he didn't make very many birdies, he was able to record key pars on holes Watson struggled on. That put him 3-up through 14, a big enough lead to hold off a late charge. Watson birdied two of the final four holes, but it wasn't enough; Dubuisson sealed the match with a par on No. 18.

Up next: No. 4 Graeme McDowell vs. No. 7 Victor Dubuisson.

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