Lee Westwood got his revenge on Nick Watney and moved a step closer to a shot at regaining the No. 1 ranking Friday in the Match Play Championship.
Westwood, eliminated at Dove Mountain each of the past two years by Watney, birdied the opening two holes and pulled away when Watney missed too many short putts. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 win.
Rory McIlroy also can go to No. 1 by winning the Match Play. He advanced with a 3-and-1 win over Miguel Angel Jimenez.
If they win their matches Saturday, McIlroy and Westwood would meet in the semifinals Sunday morning.
One year after Luke Donald became the first Match Play champion to never trail all week, Westwood looks even more dominant. He halved the opening hole in the first round Wednesday, and has led after every hole the rest of the way.
Westwood has had the lead in 48 of the 49 holes he has played over three days.
Watney never came close. His only hope for a shift in momentum came on the par-5 13th, when he w...