Rampant Jon Rahm races into Match Play quarters

Phil Mickelson and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson eased into the last eight in Austin, but Jon Rahm looks like the man to watch.

Jon Rahm continued to turn heads at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Saturday, cruising into the quarterfinals with a 6-and-4 thrashing of Charles Howell III.

Former amateur world No. 1 Rahm, who claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, hammered fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia by the same marginto progress from Group 7 on Friday with a 100-percent record.

And itwas another convincing victory for the 22-year-old against Howell, as Rahm again showed why he is being tipped to contend at next month's Masters.

Rahm was three up at the turn and soon pulled further clear courtesy of birdies on the 10th and 12th before wrapping up his win with yet another gain at the 14th.

Next up for Rahm is a clash later on Saturday with Soren Kjeldsen, who qualifiedfrom Rory McIlroy's pool. The veteran Dane backed up his fine group-stage form by beating William McGirt 5-and-4.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson was another convincing winner,triumphing 5-and-4 againstnamesake Zach Johnson. He will face Alex Noren, a 3-and-1victor over Brooks Koepka.

An excellentfront nine ensured Phil Mickelson, yet to be taken past the 15th this week, breezed past Marc Leishman 4-and-3to set up a tie against Bill Haas, who beat Kevin Na on the 18th.

The other quarterfinal will feature Ross Fisher, who completed a 4-and-3 win over Bubba Watson by holing out from a bunker on the 15th,and Hideto Tanihara. The latter shockedPaul Casey with a 2-and-1 victory, having beaten Jordan Spieth on Wednesday.

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