Els, Day up earlier in SFs of Match Play

Semi-Finals Update – World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship – Dove Mountain Golf Club – Marana, Arizona –

The Final Four in near Tuscan, Arizona is underway at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain Golf Club in Arizona.

Sunday’s final day features two Semi-Final matches followed by a quick lunch break and then the Consolation Match and Championship Match. All are 18-hole match play format.

In one Semi-Final, 43-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els leads France’s Victor Dubuisson 3-UP though six holes. Aussie Jason Day leads American Rickie Fowler 2-UP through seven holes in the other semi.

Day is the overall betting favorite remaining in the field at 9-to-1 odds according to Las Vegas-based Station Casinos to start the week. Day eliminated Louis Oosthuizen Saturday 2&1.

Dubuisson, 30th in the official World Golf Ranking, appears to be in over his head at this point contending at his first World Golf Championship. He won the Turkish Airlines Open in November in field featuring Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods and Justin Rose. He edged Graeme McDowell Saturday in the Quarter-Finals.

Look for Els’ experience to hang on against Dubuisson, the 23-year-old. Dubuisson, who finished 6th in the Race To Dubai Standings last season, has proven himself ready for the big stage with his efforts this week. Els beat out American Jordan Spieth Saturday 4&2 to earn a spot in the semis.

Day, 11th in the world rankings, is just too solid at Dove Mountain. Having a magical week including victories against Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Jimmy Walker, Fowler was No. 56 in the world heading into this event and would be the second highest seed to capture the title if he can pull it out.

Fowler, who beat Jim Furyk to make the Semi-Finals by winning the last two holes for a 1-UP victory, was 40th last season on the PGA Tour Money List.

Other Golf News:

  • Woods, who is in the field next week at the Honda Classic in Florida, has 79 career PGA Tour victories. He is three behind the all-time leader Sam Snead.
  • The OneAsia Tour postponed its Thailand Open, scheduled March 13-16 in Bangkok, due to the instability and protests in the area.
  • Day was T-2 earlier this season at Torrey Pines. He had a T-2, T-3 and T-8 finish at three of the majors last year. H was also T-3 in Greens In Regulation and 3rd in Driving Distance.