Ben Crane only needed 11 holes to beat Rory McIlroy.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Ben Crane has never finished a round of golf so quickly.

Crane relied on his solid putting to record the biggest rout of this Match Play Championship, an 8-and-7 victory Thursday over Rory McIlroy.

In another surprise, Y.E. Yang built a 5-up lead over Stewart Cink and sailed to a 4-and-3 victory. Also advancing to the third round was U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who defeated Ross Fisher, 4 and 2.

In the marquee match of the day, Rickie Fowler was pulling away from Phil Mickelson, leading 4 up with eighth holes to play. Top-seeded Lee Westwood also was struggling, two holes down to Nick Watney through seven holes.

Crane has a reputation for slow play. Overlooked is his smooth putting, which is key in this format.

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