Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood continued their assault on the world No. 1 ranking on Friday, reaching the quarter-finals of the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship.
"I knew it was going to be a tough match against Nick. He?s knocked me out the last two years," Westwood said. "It was nice to not make that hat trick and to win and get through to tomorrow."
Both McIlroy and Westwood can usurp Luke Donald as world number one with a victory in the elite event on Sunday. They are currently on a collision course for a semi-final showdown.
McIlroy next meets South Korean Bae Sang-Moon, who continued his charge with a 1 up win over Australian John Senden in the day's only match to go to the 18th hole.
Senden had a chance to send the match to extra holes but his 20-foot birdie try on the last wouldn?t drop and Bae made a clutch six-foot par to move on.
It was a day full of routs with four matches finishing on the 15th hole.
Mahan also won big in the round of 16, hammering Steve Stricker by 4 and 3.
Johnson was quick to congratulate Wilson but admitted illness hadn?t helped his cause.
"I've been down with my allergies and sinuses all week," he said. "I think it just caught up to me. I didn?t feel so good this morning when I got up. I didn't feel good on the range.
"He played well, and I played awful. Mark?s a tough match. But I drove the ball bad and hit terrible iron shots."
Source: AFP Global Edition