Victor Dubuisson defeated Graeme McDowell 1-up in the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Dubuisson will play Ernie Els in the semifinals tomorrow. The finals and consolation match will be played in the afternoon following the semifinals.
McDowell eagled the second hole and birdied the third hole to go 2-up, but Dubuisson battled back to take a 1-up lead after birdies on four, seven, and nine.
The ninth hole was a turning point in the match because Dubuisson chipped in for birdie from 33 feet while McDowell missed his 13-footer for birdie.
On the back nine, Dubuisson got up-and-down for par on 16 to take a 1-up lead. He also got up-and-down for par on 17 and 18 to secure the W.
Dubuisson’s match play strategy for the semifinals is simple, but effective:
I will just do the same as I did today and yesterday against Bubba and Graeme, just play my own stroke play, and don’t watch him, don’t be impressed.
Dubuisson is one of the game’s rising stars. He is 23-years-old and is considering joining the PGA Tour full-time. If he joins the PGA Tour, his name will surely begin showing up on the first page of leaderboards throughout the season.