Down to eight at the WGC-Accenture Match Play

The field of 64 players has been shaven down to the final eight players heading into Saturday's matches in Marana, Arizona at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The first three days of matches saw come from behind victories, big names fall and matches going to extra holes.

On the third day of play in the desert, there was little doubt involved in most of the matches. With just one contest going the entire 18 holes.

Dustin Johnson who seemed unbeatable the first two days, saw his bid at making the weekend fade away as he lost to Mark Wilson, 5 and 3.

This was the second year in a row that Wilson has ended Johnson's match play event.

This year was a little different than the 19 holes that were needed last year to eliminate the big hitter. Wilson never trailed in the match.

Johnson, who had been a fairway hitting machine for much of the first two days. Hit just 3 of 12 on Friday, as well as missing more than 50-percent of the greens.

"Dustin didn't have his best stuff," said Wilson after their match. "He hit it in the desert a few times and gave me a few holes. I took advantage of that."

Peter Hanson eliminated a favorite this week in Brandt Snedeker, besting him today 5 and 3.

The Swede started out on fire today, birdying his first three holes to start out the match. Not a bad way to get things going. 3-Up through three holes.

Before Snedeker could even blink headed to the seventh, he was already four down after Hanson carded another birdie to go 4-Up on him.

"I've been trying to be fast out of the gate," Hanson said.

Snedeker did make a charge, birdying three consecutive holes to cut the lead to one. Though Hanson closed out the match on No. 14 with a two-putt birdie to end Snedkers comeback bid.

The biggest surprise at this years Accenture Match Play still has to be Sang-Moon Bae.

Bae will again be moving on after defeating John Senden 1-Up in the only match today that required all 18 holes.

Never more than 1-Up all afternoon, Bae never trailed to Senden all afternoon.

Getting himself in a little bit of trouble on No. 15 as Senden birdied the par-four, taking the match back to all square.

The Australian would not be all square with Bae for long, as he bogeyed the next hole to go back 1-down.

Bae would never let the match get back to all square again, closing Senden out on No. 18 with a par as Senden's birdie putt burned the left edge of the cup.

The final eight are now set for Saturday's matches.

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