Dustin Johnson's quest for WGC grand slam continues in Match Play

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Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to missing a birdie putt on the third hole Friday

"The golf I've played the last three matches really has been very impressive even to myself, and it seemed to get better as I played, which is something that doesn't happen often", Rahm said. "Anything can happen. I like the way I'm playing. He's got that thing about him that's going to make him a big-time victor out here, and hopefully I can hang with him".

But Johnson will be the overwhelming favourite heading into the final day after another masterful performance, with all aspects of his game looking in the highest order with less than two weeks to go until the first major of the year.

Mickelson halved his opening hole with an 18-foot par putt, took the lead with an 18-foot birdie and was never seriously challenged in a 4-and-3 victory over Bay Hill victor Marc Leishman of Australia.

Mickelson dominated from the outset, opening with back-to-back birdies before going 3-up after three holes.

He won the opening hole again Saturday morning at Austin Country Club against Zach Johnson, and then put him away by winning the last two holes on the front nine to build a 4-up lead.

Three-time Masters victor Mickelson had not trailed this week until Haas opened their match with a birdie.

"I just felt like I needed to capitalize when I had the chances and I was able to do that", Haas said.

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Jon Rahm, prodigy he may be, has won the Farmers Insurance Open and may win the WGC-Match Play, so it is clear he's got a long way to go until he reaches the dizzying heights of his compatriots.

Rahn would miss the eagle try, but cleaned up a 4-footer for birdie to halve the hall with Haas and keep the match all square (at the time).

Television: Wednesday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC).

Garcia, who is widely regarded as one of the best golfers around, let go of his club on his follow-through and watched dumbstruck as the ball bounced off into the water.

The tall, athletic Johnson, who ended Jason Day's 47-week reign atop the golf world rankings in Los Angeles, said he had been leaning on the advice of father-in-law and Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

Tiger Woods once hit a drive that came up short of the fairway after completely topping the ball Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in 2013. "Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make it as far as possible", Rahm said.

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