MARANA, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler has a simple approach at the Match Play Championship.
"You have got to beat whoever you play in match play or else you're going home," Fowler said Thursday after sending another top player packing.
A day after beating European Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter 2 and 1, Fowler edged Jimmy Walker 1 up to set up a third-round match against Sergio Garcia.
"Got Sergio tomorrow," Fowler said. "That's all I know."
After Fowler drove left into the desert and lost the short, par-4 15th, he squared the match with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th. He won the par-4 17th with a par and finished off Walker with an 8-foot par putt on the par-4 18th.
Fowler missed the cuts in his last three tournaments, while Walker leads the tour with three victories this season and opened with a 5-and-4 victory over Branden Grace.
"It's just a couple of bounces here and there — either way, both guys," Walker said.
The biggest bounce came on the 235-yard 16th. After Walker hit to about 25 feet, Fowler's ball went right and kicked left of a mound and settled 20 feet from the pin.
"That's just kind of the stuff that happens," Walker said. "He got to watch mine go down there and he ended up making it."
Fowler knew he had some margin for error.
"I've seen that kick before and I knew I had room over there," Fowler said. "I was playing a club that was landing maybe front edge and I did miss it a little right of my line, but I knew I had somewhat of a bank there."
He took advantage of the break by making the putt.
"I told my caddie, 'I'm going to make this one.' I knew I needed to," Fowler said.
He took the lead on No. 17, getting up-and-down for par from the back fringe. Walker drove into the right rough and his approach went left down a steep slope.
"I wanted it to cut a little more," Walker said. "I think it landed right distance-wise, but it was left and took a hard kick to the left."
After Walker's pitch went 9 feet past and he missed the putt to the right, Fowler holed a 7-footer to take the lead.
"I knew I was going to have to make some putts," Fowler said.
Fowler holed out from 69 yards for eagle to win the par-5 second after losing the first.
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