Victor Dubuisson. Photo Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports.

WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship: Semifinals preview


Match 61: Jason Day v. Rickie Fowler, 9:05 am ET

Despite being young, Day is 26 and Fowler is 25, both players are very experienced.  Day is in his seventh year on the PGA Tour and Fowler is in his fifth year.  Day has one win and six second-place finishes while Rickie has one win and five second-place finishes.

Day and Fowler are two of the biggest names on Tour because of their talent level and consistency, but they have not broken through to win more than once.  I expect both players to battle harder than they have all week to have an opportunity for their second win this afternoon.

Match 62: Ernie Els v. Victor Dubuisson, 9:20 ET

After his win yesterday, Ernie said he has “had a love/hate relationship with this event.”  Ernie expects to win every tournament, and when you get bounced from the first or second round nearly every year, it can wear on you.  However, he has found a way to win his first four matches, and he will be looking for his fifth W against Victor Dubuisson.

Who is Victor?  He is a 23-year-old from France who is 30th in the World Golf Rankings.  Dubuisson is ranked higher than Els and Fowler, so it is no surprise he has made it to the semis.  However, it is surprising that he has not shown an ounce of fear against the world’s best.  In the last two rounds, Dubuisson has defeated Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell 1-up.  That takes guts, and Dubuisson has a great opportunity to become household name today.

Remember, the finals and consolation match will take place at roughly 2 pm ET.

TV: now to 2 pm ET on the Golf Channel.  2-6 pm ET on CBS.

Match play bracket.

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