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.