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Mahan building impressive record at Match Play

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SAN FRANCISCO – Quietly, clinically Hunter Mahan has forged a dominant course this week at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play.

For two days the 2012 Match Play champion has not lost a hole, has led following every hole and has improved his record in the event to 19-6, becoming just one of three players (Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy) to have at least 19 victories.

Just don’t tell him he’s had it easy.

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“That’s lucky to say the least,” said Mahan, who is a combined 6 under par through 27 holes following his 5-and-3 victory over Ben Martin on Thursday. “It doesn’t feel stress free when you are out there. Some good play and a little bit of luck.”

Still, unlike Rickie Fowler and John Senden, who are also 2-0 and have locked up a spot in Saturday’s Sweet 16 regardless of Friday’s outcome, Mahan still has to beat Matt Kuchar on Day 3 to advance.

Mahan beat Kuchar in the quarterfinals in 2012, 6 and 5, and lost to him, 2 and 1, in the finals in 2013.