Match Play Recap: Day, Dubuisson win semifinals

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Only two golfers remain at the WGC-Accenture Match Play – Jason Day and Victor Dubuisson. Ernie Els looked like a runaway winner early, as did Day around the turn. But both matches pulled close midway through – Day pulled ahead of Rickie Fowler for a second time to wrap up his match in surprising fashion at the 16th, while Dubuisson mounted a steady comeback to earn a spot in the finals.

We'll follow the action all day right here until a champion is crowned in Marana, Ariz. – and also be sure to scroll down for our tournament coverage to date:

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Both players find the fairway here – and neither finds the green. From the left-side bunker, Els lofts it on line with the pin but a ridge in the middle of the green keeps him from getting to sure-fire par-putt range. Dubuisson, from the back-right collar, putts to tap-in range – but with the match on the line, Els does not concede. From about 12 feet, Els then runs it by on the right side – and then concedes. Dubuisson advances past the veteran.

DUBUISSON WINS, 1 UP

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Both player find the front left of a deep green with the pin at the back, turning this one into a putting duel. Els is slightly away and lags close over a ridge, nicely done. Dubuisson doesn't find the quite the same line, but also lags inside 5 feet. Still away, Dubuisson converts and hasn't three-putted in 71 holes, and with Els' putt conceded the match heads to the 18th.

THRU 17: All Square

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Both players find the green here, but Els is well right of the pin while Dubuisson hits to about 10-12 feet just behind the pin. But Els drains his long, somewhat unlikely birdie putt for a big lift. Dubuisson slides his putt past on the right side, about a ball width outside the cup, and we've got a brand new match here.

THRU 16: All Square

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

A pair of short birdie looks at the par-4 15th, with Els just missing his putt and Dubuisson cashing in on the opportunity.

THRU 15: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Fowler needs to answer that loss at the 15th – and sticks his tee shot close at the par-3 16th. But a three-putt from there, twice lipping out, against Day's par ends the match.

JASON DAY WINS, 3 & 2

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Dubuisson has had the hot hand recently in this match, but misses his approach at the 14th and hits a poor chip that rolls back to the front of the green – leaving a long par putt to the pin toward the back. Els, meanwhile, hits his approach to about 12 feet or so. When Dubuisson's par effort rolls well past the hole, he concedes.

THRU 14: All Square

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Fowler and Day both drive it close at the short, par-4 15th, but Fowler can't conquer a very difficult pitch and the ball heads over the green; Day chips close enough to earn a concession after Fowler's third shot.

THRU 15: Day, 2 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Both players earn birdie tries at the 14th, but both run their putts past and halve the hole with pars.

THRU 14: Day, 1 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Both players earn birdie tries at the 14th, but both run their putts past and halve the hole with pars.

THRU 14: Day, 1 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Els sticks his approach at the 13th nearly to tap-in range, but Dubuisson answers with a mid-length birdie putt that negates Els' chance.

THRU 13: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Day reaches the green in two at the par-5 13th while Fowler pitches on in three. Day has a difficult line and misses his first two putts – after which Fowler makes his birdie try from about 10 feet or so and pulls back within one for the first time since the seventh.

THRU 13: Day, 1 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

At the par-3 12th, Els misses and Dubuisson hits it hole high on the green. Els gets a free drop from the grandstand and chips to about 5 feet or a little more. Dubuisson two-putts and Els misses, putting the Frenchman ahead for the first time today.

THRU 12: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Dubuisson chips close at the par-5 11th and Els follows by missing a birdie putt, then conceding his opponent's tap-in. The South African's lead, which was 3 up through four holes, is gone.

THRU 11: All square

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Day nearly chips in for birdie to extend his lead, the ball rolling over the edge of the cup – but instead misses his par comebacker to lose a bit of his lead.

THRU 12: Day, 2 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Both players earn birdie looks at the par-5 11th, despite trouble off the tee for Fowler. Day makes, then Fowler lips out more than 270 degrees and Day takes a substantial three-shot lead with seven to play.

THRU 11: Day, 3 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

More trouble off the tee has Day trying to play catch-up once again – from the rough at No. 10 he doesn't get near the green and finds rough near the bunker well short of the green. Fowler also misses the fairway but gets onto the green with a long putt on tap. Day then pitches to the back of the green to give himself a fairly long par try. Fowler two-putts as Day makes and the lead holds steady.

THRU 10: Day, 2 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Els misses the green left at the par-4 ninth, though not badly. No matter, though, as Dubuisson gives himself a birdie try that he converts – and for the first time since the second hole is only 1 back of Els.

THRU 9: Els, 1 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Day's game is looking too good to say it's on the rocks today, but he finds trouble among the desert rocks off the ninth fairway and can't recover. He concedes before they get to the green and his margin shrinks a bit.

THRU 9: Day, 2 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

At the par-5 eighth, Dubuisson wedges inside 5 feet with his approach, while Els misses the green – then sees his chip run well right of the hole. Els misses his putt, Dubuisson makes and the Frenchman cuts his deficit a bit.

THRU 8: Els, 2 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Both players wedge into position for short birdie tries at the par-5 eighth. Fowler's is the longer of the two good looks, and he misses high and right. Day cashes in and takes a commanding lead as they approach the turn.

THRU 8: Day, 3 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Trouble off the tee again has Dubuisson short of the green on his approach, and his pitch leaves him with a long par try. Els earns a birdie look with his approach, but just misses left. Dubuisson then makes a much-needed par to avoid losing another hole and whatever momentum he has gathered with a couple of recent steady pars

THRU 7: Els, 3 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

We haven't seen a win in either match for a little while now – but Fowler misses the green at the par-4 seventh short and right to short-side himself, while Day hits his approach to birdie range. A poor pitch on Fowler's third shot prevents him from an up-and-down and he concedes the hole.

THRU 7: Day, 2 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

At the par-3 sixth, the focus again turns to Dubiusson – as Els misses short and left while Dubuisson hits to maybe 20-25 feet for a birdie try. Els chips inside 10 feet and Dubuisson two-putts for par – then Els completes an up-and-down to maintain his comfortable lead

THRU 6: Els, 3 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Dubuisson badly needs a break here, and gives himself a makeable birdie putt at the par-4 fifth – as does Els. Both rolls narrowly miss and Dubuisson must settle for halving with a par that can perhaps steady him a bit.

THRU 5: Els, 3 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

At the par-3 sixth, Fowler hits the better tee shot and has a chance to square the match. Day rolls an excellent long birdie try, but it curls just short and right to give Fowler an opening. But as the American's putt from about 20 feet breaks toward the hole, it stops too short and it's another halve with pars.

THRU 6: Day, 1 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

At the long, par-4 fifth hole, Day has the advanatage off the tee with both length and accuracy, hitting wedge from the fairway to about 12 feet for a birdie try. Fowler finds the rough short and right off the tee, then a left-side bunker. But Day misses his birdie putt and pars halve the hole.

THRU 5: Day, 1 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Both players find trouble off the tee at the risk-reward, par-4 4th, Dubuisson more wildly so. He struggles to recover, while Els gets greenside in two, and the Frenchman picks up to give Els an even bigger lead.

THRU 4: Els, 3 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Day has a surprising chance to double his margin – both players miss the green off the tee, yet Day executes a nice bunker shot while Fowler chips long, then misses his par putt – but Day can't get his par putt of about 5 feet to fall, as it slides by low and left. The hole is halved with bogeys.

THRU 4: Day, 1 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Pars are the path to halves at the second and third holes for Day and Fowler.

THRU 3: Day, 1 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Els has a chance to win another hole with a birdie putt of about 6-8 feet, and he converts for a quick two-hole cushion over the young Frenchman.

THRU 2: Els, 2 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

Pars are the path to halves at the second and third holes for Day and Fowler.

THRU 3: Day, 1 up

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Match #62: Ernie Els vs. Victor Dubuisson

Ernie Els wins this hole with a simple par after Dubuisson finds a bunker off the tee and then fails to hold on the green on his approach.

THRU 1: Els, 1 up

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Match #61: Jason Day vs. Rickie Fowler

After a pair of opening tee balls that settle within 2 feet of each other just into the fringe and then nearly identical approach shots to behind the hole, Fowler narrowly misses his birdie putt to the right and Day buries his to take the early advantage.

THRU 1: Day, 1 up

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Saturday's fourth-round coverage

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Friday's third-round coverage

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Thursday's second-round coverage

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Live from the desert, a golf sequel to “The Year of Living Dangerously,” with Graeme McDowell, not Mel Gibson, playing the lead role. Shaking his head, he was trying to get his thoughts around what had just transpired in the second round of the Accenture Match Play Championship. By all respects, the man from Northern Ireland should have been packing his bags to head home. Instead, he’s on to the third round.

5 Things: R. Fowler stays hot; top seeds ousted; more

The unpredictability of match-play tournaments reared its head Thursday, and it provided plenty of surprising fireworks at Dove Mountain. From Rickie Fowler's comeback win over Jimmy Walker to Hunter Mahan's date with Graeme McDowell, as well as all four No. 1 seeds heading home, take a look at 5 Things you need to know after the Round of 32.

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Wednesday's first-round coverage

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Surprising starts: Bubba's comeback; Fowler, Blixt upsets

And for your morning breakfast, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship served up a trio of surprises. Rickie Fowler beating Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt eliminating Keegan Bradley? No argument there. But Bubba Watson ousting Mikko Ilonen? A surprise? If you go by stature in the game, resumes and seedings – Watson was 11th, Ilonen 54th – it surely wasn’t, but the way things turned in the American’s favor certainly was.

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There are no guarantees in golf, if we hadn’t known that before. Nothing is certain, particularly in 18-hole match play, even when you are 3 down with three holes left and your opponent sends an approach shot toward the pin. That was Graeme McDowell’s predicament in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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