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Watson, Oosthuizen meet again on Day 3 at Match Play

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SAN FRANCISCO – Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen will go head-to-head Friday for only the second time since their memorable playoff at the 2012 Masters.

Louie’s only hope?

“That he doesn’t leave it somewhere where he needs to use that hook around the tree,” he said, “because then I’m in trouble.”

Watson and Oosthuizen may have downplayed the storyline heading into their win-or-go-home duel at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, but many have circled their match as the one to watch Friday at Harding Park.

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Back in the 2012 Masters, Watson appeared to have no shot on the second hole of the sudden-death playoff, only to sling a hook around the trees with a gap wedge to set up an improbable par and the win.

“I just hope the results are the same,” said Watson, who beat Keegan Bradley, 4 and 2, to remain unbeaten this week. “For him, he probably wants to change it.”

Said Oosthuizen, who clipped Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2 up, on Thursday: “I’ll probably be thinking about that, but once I’m on the course I know I need to focus and play well because he’s going to come with everything he’s got.”

They’ve only played together only once since, during the first two rounds of the 2014 Northern Trust Open, where Watson beat Oosthuizen both rounds.