Mahan double on the cards
Last updated: 24th February 2013
Hunter Mahan will face Matt Kuchar in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after beating Ian Poulter in the semi-finals.
Mahan, the defending champion, secured a 4&3 victory over Poulter as he continued a run of 166 holes without trailing.
The American took the lead thanks to a birdie at the second and never looked back, with his constancy and a strong chipping display giving him the edge.
Mahan had drawn two clear by the eighth but gave Poulter a sight at a way back in as he bungled the 11th, but his English opponent missed an eight-foot par-putt to see the hole halved.
It was at the next hole that Mahan dealt the killer blow, chipping in from behind the green to take a hole Poulter had looked favourite to grab after finding the green from the tee.
The two players matched each other's birdies at the 14th and with Poulter needing to win the remaining holes to survive the tie, both once again birdied the 15th, enough to see Mahan progress into the Championship match.
"It's easy to get up for Ian because he's so good at match play," said Mahan.
"I played really well. I was getting up and down from a lot of tough spots."
The 30-year-old will face Kuchar for the title after Kuchar disposed of Jason Day 4&3.
Despite going ahead at second after a Kuchar bogey, Day looked out of sorts throughout and couldn't come to grips with the windy conditions, failing to produce a birdie.
Kuchar won the sixth, eighth and ninth holes to take a handsome lead heading into the back nine and it was one he would not relinquish, closing the match out with a birdie at the 15th.
A look at some of the impressive golf courses on offer in the south of Wales. Go to Gallery
Ian Botham, Allan Lamb, Mark Boucher and company in action at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Go to Gallery
- Scott: I need to practice more
- McIlroy: It's a frustrating course
- Woods still battling back problems
- Wire-to-wire win for Reed
- Hadley claims maiden PGA Tour win
- Matsuyama apologises to Poulter
- Park takes Mission Hills honours
- Reed leads as Tiger makes his move
- Woods finally tames Blue Monster
- Hadley holds narrow lead
Neville Leck Blog
"The embrace a gleeful Sergio Garcia gave his German caddy after his first victory in 2013 at the Thailand Open on S..."
The famous Blue Monster at Trump National Doral, Miami, has undergone a significant transformation, courtesy of famed course architect Gil Hanse.
Next week's European Tour stop, Golf du Palais Royal, lies within the well-guarded walls of Morocco's Royal Palace.
Looking For The Perfect Pitch? Visit The Swing Doctor!