Day to face Dubuisson in Match Play final

Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:16pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day held off a late fightback by American Rickie Fowler to book his place in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final with a 3&2 victory in a battle of the young guns at Dove Mountain on Sunday

On a crisp and clear morning in Arizona's high desert, Day sealed the win when fellow 25-year-old Fowler surprisingly three-putted from just five feet at the par-three 16th.

Day, who recorded six birdies in 16 holes to reach the final for the first time, will face Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in the title match later on Sunday at Dove Mountain's Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Dubuisson, who had never previously played matchplay golf until his debut this week in a World Golf Championships (WGC) event, came from three down after seven holes to beat veteran South African Ernie Els one up.

"It was a tough day," Day, who was beaten by eventual champion Matt Kuchar of the United States in last year's semi-finals, told Golf Channel.

"Rickie is playing great golf right now and I just thought if I gave that little bit of an inch for him to move in, he was going to knock the door down.

"So I was just trying to hang tough and my game was solid today. Hopefully I can take it into the final."

Day birdied four of the first eight holes to go three up before Fowler twice trimmed the lead to two, first with a concession at the ninth and again at the short 12th, where Day missed a seven-foot par putt.

The Australian also bogeyed the 13th for his advantage to be cut to one before getting back to two-up with a birdie at the driveable par-four 15th, where he chipped to three feet.   Continued...

 
Feb 23, 2014; Marana, AZ, USA; Jason Day with his approach shot on the 14th during the semifinal round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports