WGC Match Play: Ian Poulter & Graeme McDowell into quarters

Ian Poulter remains on course for a second WGC Match Play title in Arizona after reaching the quarter-finals with a win over South African Tim Clark.

The Englishman won 5&3 in the third round and will return to action later on Saturday against Steve Stricker in the last eight.

WGC Match Play winners

  • 2012: Hunter Mahan
  • 2011: Luke Donald
  • 2010: Ian Poulter
  • 2009: Geoff Ogilvy
  • 2008: Tiger Woods
  • 2007: Henrik Stenson
  • 2006: Geoff Ogilvy

Organisers are looking to get back on schedule after freak snowstorms delayed the start of the competition.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell beat Ireland's Shane Lowry 3&2.

McDowell will next face Australian Jason Day, who saw off Masters champion Bubba Watson 4&3.

Saturday's play was delayed by 45 minutes after freezing conditions in the early morning, but once the action began it was 35-year-old American Robert Garrigus who made the first move of the day.

He beat Fredrik Jacobson 3&1, holding off a comeback that saw the Swede make birdies at the 11th, 12th and 13th by responding with a birdie at the 14th and an eagle on the 15th.

Third-round results (US unless stated):

Graeme McDowell (NI) bt Shane Lowry (Ire) 3&2

Jason Day (Aus) bt Bubba Watson 4&3

Robert Garrigus bt Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 3&1

Matt Kuchar bt Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 4&3

Webb Simpson bt Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 2 up

Hunter Mahan bt Martin Kaymer (Germany) 5&4

Steve Stricker bt Scott Piercy by 1 hole

Ian Poulter (Eng) bt Tim Clark (South Africa) 5&3