The WGC Accenture World Match Play Championship has seen some amazing golf this year with a number of shock defeats and the usual masterclass performances by the big guns of the modern game.
The semi finals are currently underway with four big names occupying these dream spaces, but none of the favorites from the start of the week are present now as they crashed and burned after the dark horses of the competition showed why they have the title of golf professional as well. The semi final matches are:
Jason Day vs. Matt Kuchar
Ian Poulter vs. Hunter Mahan
Last years winner, Hunter Mahan, has play some outstanding golf after demolishing three of his four opponents so far. His first round win was against Matteo Manassero where he won 5 and 4 with ease. The second round saw him go up against Richard Sterne who was ranked 14th in the Gary Player bracket which again was a warm up game for Mahan who powered past his opponent and finished the round early after winning 4 and 3, similar to that of his third round match against the German Martin Kaymer which finished with the american winning 5 and 4. His quarter final match wasn’t as easy as the earlier round and saw him taking it down the final hole to win 1up against his fellow american Webb Simpson. This was the first time Mahan had played the last hole in the Accenture Match Play Championship since is opening round last year which he then went on to defeat Mcilroy in the final. “Difficult match against Webb,” Mahan said. “Great competitor, great player. I knew it was going to be a tough one, and it was. It was really a seesaw battle. I don’t think either one of us really gained too much momentum, it was so back and forth.”
The headlines are dominated by Hunter Mahan’s heroics in this competition and seem to be continuing as he is currently 3up through 13 against Ian Poulter. With the final insight could Mahan progress even further and retain his title?