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McDowell hoping to progress

Graeme McDowell hopes to show Ryder Cup team-mate Ross Fisher today why he is now the world number four.

The pair clash in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson and Fisher, a semi-finalist in the event two years ago, will be looking to repeat his practice round victory earlier in the week.

"Ross is a great match player and a great driver of the ball, which really helps a lot around this golf course," said US Open champion McDowell after his comfortable 4&3 win over American Heath Slocum. "But if I play the way I played today I'll have a great chance."

He added: "That's the first win I've had on this course, but it's the first time I've had a match where I played a guy lower than me in the world rankings."

Fisher is still the holder of the sport's other world match play tournament - it was not staged last year - and commented after he beat Australian Robert Allenby: "It's always difficult to play a friend and stablemate, but it's going to be fun."

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy's 4&2 win over Jonathan Byrd set up a match against another American in Ben Crane.


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