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February 24, 2013

Poulter, Mahan on collision course at Match Play

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In the gallery with McDowell was Shane Lowry, the No. 64 seed to eliminated Rory McIlroy in the opening round. McDowell made three birdies in a five-hole stretch at the turn to build a comfortable lead and went on to win, 3 and 2.
His putter let him down against Day, however. He missed a 10-foot par putt on the 17th that gave Day the lead, and then missed a 15-foot putt from just off the green that would have extended the match.
Day became the first Australian to reach the semifinals since Geoff Ogilvy won in 2009, and it took a lot to get there. He beat the Masters champion (Bubba Watson) and a former U.S. Open champion (McDowell) on the same day.
“It’s like playing on Sunday every day here,” Day said.
He faces Kuchar, who lost to the eventual champion each of the last two years. Garrigus had said earlier in the week that he looked at his bracket and figured didn’t see anyone he couldn’t beat. He must have overlooked Kuchar, who birdied the ninth for a 3-up lead and never let Garrigus get close.
Poulter at No. 11 is the highest seed remaining. The other seeds are No. 21 (Kuchar), No. 23 (Mahan) and No. 41 (Day).
Given the nature of 18 holes of match play, and the fine line of talent in golf at the highest level, the seeds don’t mean much in this tournament. Poulter and Mahan have shown that to be the case.
 

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