WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship: Jason Day defeats Rickie Fowler to advance to the finals

Photo Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports.

Photo Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports.

Jason Day defeated Rickie Fowler 3&2 in the semifinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.  Day will play the winner of the Ernie Els v. Victor Dubuisson match in the finals this afternoon.

Day got off to a hot start going 3-up through eight holes.  He conceded the 9th, but retained his 3-up lead with a birdie on 11.

After a violent lip-out on 11, Fowler fought back with W’s on 12 and 13 to cut the deficit to one. He then ripped a 340-yard drive through the fairway into the native area on 14, but managed to hit a good shot to 18-feet, and halved the hole with a par.

Fowler’s charge did not last long.  He stumbled on the driveable par-4 15th by missing it on the left side of the green, leaving himself a difficult pitch.  He missed the green with his pitch, and failed to get up-and-down for par.  Day played the 15th hole superbly, and had his 3-footer for birdie conceded to go 2-up with three to play.

On the par-3 16th, Fowler stuck his tee shot to 12-feet, but missed his birdie putt to narrow the deficit.  He had a 5-footer coming back to extend the match, and lipped out to lose 3&2.  It was a tough end to an otherwise good match.

Match play bracket.

Topics: 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Jason Day, Match Play, PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler, Semifinals, World Golf Championships

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