Day, Fowler, Els and Dubuisson into last four

Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:32pm EST
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(Reuters) - Jason Day and Ernie Els advanced with relative ease while American Rickie Fowler and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson had to fight hard to reach the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship semi-finals in Marana, Arizona on Saturday.

Australian Day beat ailing South African Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 to become the first player to make the last four at Dove Mountain while veteran Els progressed with a 4&2 win over an out-of-sorts Jordan Spieth in a match where he never trailed.

Fowler booked his place with a see-sawing, one-up victory over fellow American Jim Furyk, who came from three down after 12 holes to go one up after 16 before running out of steam, and Dubuisson edged Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell one up.

"Jim started to come on pretty hard there, I just had to stay patient," Fowler told CBS Sports. "I forced him to make some birdies. I knew it was going to be tough for him to keep on doing that.

"I just made some good swings coming in. Obviously it's nice to get a win, no matter how it happens."

Fowler will next face Dubuisson while Day, beaten by eventual champion Matt Kuchar of the United States in last year's semi-finals, will take on South African Els.

Dubuisson, making his debut this week in a World Golf Championships (WGC) event, rallied from two down after three holes against McDowell with five birdies over the next 12 to wrest control.

McDowell, who had delivered Houdini-like escapes to win his first three matches, faced a mid-range birdie putt at the 18th to force extra holes but his attempt slid past the left edge of the cup allowing the Frenchman to advance.

Day had trailed by one after Oosthuizen made a fast start with birdies at the second and third but then upped his game to take charge as his opponent had periodic back treatment from his physiotherapist out on the course.   Continued...

Feb 22, 2014; Marana, AZ, USA; Jason Day reacts after hitting his tee shot on the 11th hole during the fourth round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports