The players at the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship pulled double duty to make up for lost time due to snow earlier in the week. The third and fourth rounds were played on Saturday, and now the field is down to just four players.
Bubba Watson was the only top-10 seed still standing on the fourth day of the tournament, and Jason Day ensured that one of the underdogs would take home the title in Arizona.
The 25-year-old Australian beat last year's Masters winner to pull off the biggest upset of the day. However, the victory pales in comparison to the surprising results that have characterized the tournament thus far.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy exited on Day 1, and Luke Donald and Louis Oosthuizen—the other top seeds—left a day later.
With the stars out of the action, the field was wide open. No one took advantage of this more than Ian Poulter, who cruised past Tim Clark in Round 3 and Steve Stricker in the quarterfinals.
But defending champion Hunter Mahan is still in the mix, with Matt Kuchar and Day rounding out the semifinalists. These four are sure to produce exciting action on the final day in Arizona.
Day 4 Results
Round of 16
Graeme McDowell defeats Shane Lowry, 3 and 2
Jason Day defeats Bubba Watson, 4 and 3
Robert Garrigus defeats Fredrik Jacobson, 3 and 1
Matt Kuchar defeats Nicolas Colsaerts, 4 and 3
Webb Simpson defeats Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 2 up
Hunter Mahan defeats Martin Kaymer, 5 and 4
Steve Stricker defeats Scott Piercy, 1 up
Ian Poulter defeats Tim Clark, 5 and 3
Jason Day defeats Graeme McDowell, 1 up
Matt Kuchar defeats Robert Garrigus, 3 and 2
Hunter Mahan defeats Webb Simpson, 1 up
Ian Poulter defeats Steve Stricker, 3 and 2
While all the semifinalists will be proud of their performances, today belonged to Ian Poulter. The highlight below from the sixth hole during his quarterfinal matchup with Steve Stricker shows why.
Back to Poulter for an excellent putt for eagle on the eighth hole. This was another one of the many reasons Stricker could not beat him in the quarterfinals.
Semifinal Matchup 1
Jason Day vs. Matt Kuchar
Semifinal Matchup 2
Hunter Mahan vs. Ian Poulter