How it happened: Mahan beats Poulter at WGC

Hunter Mahan hits a shot from the fairway on the first hole during his 4-and-3 victory over Ian Poulter on Sunday morning at Dove Mountain.

Hunter Mahan hits a shot from the fairway on the first hole during his 4-and-3 victory over Ian Poulter on Sunday morning at Dove Mountain.

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Hunter Mahan routed Ian Poulter on Sunday morning, advancing to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship by a 4-and-3 margin.

Mahan will face Matt Kuchar in the finale.

Here's how the semifinal match unfolded:

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 15

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Despite his lead, Mahan still goes after the green and comes up about 10 yards short. Poulter also gets after it and is just outside of Mahan.

Around the green: A pair of nice chips from both players, with Mahan about 3 feet and Poulter 4 feet behind the hole.

On the green: Poulter makes his birdie putt, but so does Mahan to close out the match.

Match complete: Mahan, 4 and 3

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 14

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan is in a zone, just hammering it up the middle of the fairway. Poulter's ball is pushed right and near a dining area at the par-4.

Approach shot: Poulter's second ball finds the rough right of the green. He hasn't given himself many chances to score today, many times scrambling to make par. Neither player wanted to flirt with the trouble left, so Mahan also pushes right.

Around the green: Poulter gets his third shot to about 5 feet under the hole, while Mahan hits a better shot, to about 2 feet.

On the green: Poulter misses his 5-footer and Mahan is now dormie in this match.

Thru 14: Mahan, 4 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 13

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan rips his right up the middle, while Poulter pushes his right into the rough.

Second shots: Mahan hammers his second shot and finds the green and will have about 20 feet for eagle, while Poulter doesn't get a kick he needs to get over a greenside bunker and will have a sand shot for his third.

Around the green: A great bunker shot from Poulter settles about 2 feet above the hole. His best shot of the day.

On the green: A two-putt birdie for Mahan halves the hole.

Thru 13: Mahan, 3 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 12

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan debates his club choice for awhile, and then smokes the ball through the green and into the rough. Poulter finds the green, but he'll have 40 feet to the hole.

Around the green: It looked like Poulter had the advantage here, but Mahan chips in for birdie, sending the smallish crowd into a tizzy.

On the green: Poulter leaves his birdie putt about 5 feet short and Mahan extends his lead.

Thru 12: Mahan, 3 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 11

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Poulter pushes his tee ball to the right and into some trouble along the cart path, while Mahan finds the right side of the fairway.

Second shots: Poulter is nearly 350 yards away and hammers a fairway metal that finds some more rough along the right side of the fairway. Mahan just moves his ball up the fairway.

Third shot: Three shots, three in the rough for Poulter, who finds more trouble greenside. But Mahan can't take advantage, finding a greenside bunker with his third.

Around the green: Poulter's fourth shot settles on the green, but he'll have 8 feet to save par. Meanwhile, Mahan flies his bunker shot about 25 feet past the pin.

On the green: Mahan two-putts for a bogey, but Poulter can't take advantage and they halve with bogeys.

Thru 11: Mahan, 2 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 10

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan and Poulter both hit the middle of the fairway.

Approach shots: Poulter has to use fairway metal from over 200 yards and comes up short of the green, while Mahan goes over the green and into the back rough.

Around the green: Mahan hits another masterful pitch shot to about 3 feet, while Poulter is about 5 feet away.

On the green: Poulter drains his par putt, as does Mahan. A halve.

Thru 10: Mahan, 2 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 9

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan splits the middle, but finds that fairway bunker in the middle. Poulter takes fairway metal and slides it up the right side.

Approach shots: Mahan, more than 200 yards out in the bunker, has to just lay up and finds fairway in front of the green. Poulter, from about 180 yards, gets his second ball on the green, about 30 feet from the hole.

Third shot: Mahan plays a spectacular third shot to about 2 feet above the hole.

On the green: Poulter gives the hole a scare, but comes up a foot short and they halve the hole with pars.

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 8

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Both players split the fairway, with Mahan about 30 yards ahead.

Second shots: Poulter, from just over 250 yards, gives it a go, but is left of the green. Mahan, from about 215 yards, pushes it a little right of the green.

Approach shots: Poulter plays a solid shot to about 15 feet above the hole. He's not too happy with it. Mahan gets a great chip to about 2 feet right of the hole, forcing Poulter to have to make his putt.

On the green: Poulter can't get his putt to drop and Mahan extends his lead.

Thru 8: Mahan, 2 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 7

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan ropes one down the middle of the fairway at the par-4, while Poulter hooks his tee ball into the rough on the left and will have a sidehill lie to deal with.

Approach shot: Poulter muscles his ball onto the back of the green, facing a similar putt that Kuchar just faced (he three-putted for bogey). Mahan hits a nice second shot to about 20 feet right of the pin.

On the green: Poulter's birdie attempt misses, sending it 4 feet past. Mahan's comes up about 18 inches short. Poulter makes his par putt to halve the hole.

Thru 7: Mahan, 1 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 6

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Using pitching wedge from 139 yards, Mahan takes past the hole and spins it back to about 12 feet. Poulter does the same, getting it just inside of Mahan's ball.

On the green: Neither player can get their birdie putts to drop and halve with pars.

Thru 6: Mahan, 1 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 5

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Both Mahan and Poulter go left, Mahan finding the lip of the rough and Poulter a fairway bunker.

Approach shots: Poulter pushes his second ball into more trouble right of the green, finding bushes. Mahan simply advances his ball just short of the green.

Around the green: Caught up in a bush, Poulter hacks out and finds the rough right of the green. His fourth shot is a nice one, getting it to about 3 feet. Mahan's third shot settles about 5 feet under the hole.

On the green: Mahan makes his par putt and re-takes the lead.

Thru 5: Mahan, 1 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 4

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan and Poulter both split the fairway, with Poulter going about 10 yards farther.

Approach shots: Mahan drops his club after impact as he overcooked his second ball left of the green. Poulter dials in his second shot to about 10 feet under the hole.

Around the green: Mahan's third shot doesn't get out of the bunker, with his fourth settling about 8 feet to the right of the pin.

On the green: Poulter's birdie putt just misses and his par wins the hole.

Thru 4: All square

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 3

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan is dialed in, putting his tee ball at the par-3 about 8 feet past the hole, while Poulter overcooks his tee ball and into a greenside bunker on the left.

Around the green: A nice sand shot from Poulter to about 3 feet.

On the green: Mahan can't convert on the birdie putt, sliding it past on the left. Poulter knocks his in to halve the hole.

Thru 3: Mahan, 1 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 2

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan finds the right side of the fairway, while Poulter flirts with the rough on the left side.

Second shot: Poulter just stays out of a bunker on the left, but has an awkward uphill lie stance and has to just advance it down the fairway. Mahan tries to get after the green in two, but finds a greenside bunker on the left.

Approach shot: Nice play from Poulter, sticking it pin-high and about 20 feet left for a birdie.

Around the green: Mahan plays a nice sand shot to about 3 feet, applying pressure to Poulter.

On the green: Poulter doesn't hit his birdie attempt hard enough and comes up about 3 feet short as well. Mahan drains his birdie putt to win the hole.

Thru 2: Mahan, 1 up

• • •

Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter: Hole No. 1

2013 results: Hunter Mahan results | Ian Poulter results

Off the tee: Mahan blisters his tee ball up the right side of the fairway and manages to keep it there, while Poulter hits the middle of the fairway hard and it bounces left and just into the rough.

Approach shot: Mahan hits a solid second ball to about 20 feet left of the cup, while Poulter talks to his ball in mid-air and it settles about 8 feet below the hole.

On the green: Mahan's par putt is never really on line and he settles for a par, while Poulter misses his birdie putt to the right and picks up a two-putt par.

Thru 1: All square

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