Graeme McDowell defeated Hideki Matsuyama 1-up in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. McDowell will play Hunter Mahan in the third round tomorrow.
On Wednesday, Graeme McDowell was three down with three to play against Gary Woodland. He said he thought the match was over, but he won four straight to beat Woodland on the 19th hole.
Today, McDowell was two-down with four holes to play, and won three of the final four holes to defeat Matsuyama 1-up.
In the post-game press conference, McDowell mentioned honing his match play mentality as a teenager:
I was always a good match player when I was kid. As you know, in Britain and Ireland we play perhaps probably a little too much match play as amateurs. I have a lot of match play experience.
I certainly ‑‑ it certainly does build up that grit and determination, because when you are in a hole you have to aim at pins, you’ve got to make putts. Match play really is the ultimate do or die, as opposed to just having a card in your pocket and just going around, well, let’s go and try to get it tomorrow.
There’s a huge amount of finality to match play and you’ve got to summon something a little different inside you. So perhaps I learned a little bit in my teens, just playing a lot of match play.