MARANA, Ariz. — J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson are in the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship, and it's not hard to figure out how they got there.

MARANA, Ariz. — J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson are in the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship, and it's not hard to figure out how they got there.

In fact, you could say it's elementary.

Holmes has five of the longest drives this week at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, including a 400-yard shot in the opening round. He wasn't always straight, but he was long enough to keep himself in the game and win the last two holes against Jason Day on Friday.

Watson didn't win his match against Geoff Ogilvy on the par-5 11th hole, but it sure felt that way. Already 2 up in his match, Watson was 290 from the hole when he ripped a 3-iron with a tight draw that bounded onto the green and settled about 15 feet away.

"I knew if I hit a bullet 3-iron, it could roll up close," Watson said. "We were just thinking about getting it on the green. We were thinking about missing it left, so we'd have an easy chip up on the slope. I knew it was good. I saw where it was running and it worked out in my favor again. I swung as hard as I could at a low, bullet 3-iron."

Three holes later, the match was over, 6 and 4.

"It's never fun to lose," said Ogilvy, a two-time champion of this fickle event. "But it's the first time I've played OK and lost. He played well. He hit great shots. I didn't play that bad. I didn't play '6-and-4' bad."

That set up more fireworks for this morning — Holmes vs. Watson, two of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, head-to-head on a course nearly 7,800 yards long in the high desert with wind expected to top 20 mph.

"It should be fun," Holmes said. "Me and Bubba move it out there pretty good."

Their explosive play shifted the focus from youth to power in the third round, as the kids got sent home — 17-year-old Matteo Manassero, 22-year-old Rickie Fowler and the 23-year-old Day all lost their matches.

Mayakoba Classic

At Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Chris Stroud made eight straight birdies — one off the PGA Tour record — and shot a 63 to take a three-stroke lead at 11-under 131.

Winless in five seasons on the PGA Tour, the 29-year-old Stroud birdied Nos. 9-16. Mark Calcavecchia set the record of nine straight birdies in the second round of the 2009 Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.

Kevin Stadler (66), Cameron Percy (66) and Sunghoon Kang (67) were tied for second on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course south of Cancun on the Caribbean coast.

HSBC Women's Champions

At Singapore, Chie Arimura of Japan made six birdies and an eagle, and shot a 6-under 66 to widen her lead to two strokes over Karrie Webb.

Webb also shot 66 with an eagle on the par-5 ninth.

Sun Young Yoo of South Korea was four shots back, while countrywoman Na Yeon Choi and England's Karen Stupples were at 4 under, six shots behind Arimura.

American Cristie Kerr shot 67 to jump to 3 under for the tournament, and countrywoman Michelle Wie was 1 under after a 71. World No. 1 Yani Tseng shot 72 to put her at 2 under.