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Two rounds of action were needed on Sunday to close out the action at Dove Mountain, and then a few more holes besides.
Before the winner could be determined, two semifinals matches were contested. Once those matches were concluded, then the winners duked it out in the Championship Match, while the losers were relegated to the Third-Place Match.
Here's a look at the results:
||3 and 2
||1 up, 23 holes
||1 up, 19 holes
Note: * notes tournament winner.
Jason Day had little trouble dispatching Rickie Fowler to advance to the Championship Match, winning 3 and 2 early Sunday morning.
Here's a nice shot of the eventual champ doing a most-match interview, courtesy of Sky Sports Golf:
Fowler kept things interesting, but Day's consistency down the stretch won the match.
"Rickie's playing great golf right now, and I just thought if I gave him that little bit of an inch to move in he was going to knock the door down," Day said in a post-match interview with Golf Channel, via GolfWeek.com. "So I was just trying to hang tough, and my game was solid today. Hopefully I can take it into the final."
Ernie Els had been playing excellent golf all weekend long, but he was knocked off in the second semifinal match by surprising Frenchman, Victor Dubuisson.
The match went down to the wire, as relayed by Golf Channel, with Dubuisson winning 1 up:
With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson absent at this tournament, the unexpected show put on by Dubuisson was a welcome development, as pointed out by Mike Beauregard:
Unfortunately, Dubuisson's run of wins was stymied by the red-hot Day, who kept his foot on the gas pedal throughout the final match, winning the tournament with a 2 and 1 win over the French golfer.
Day went up by two holes right away, winning both of the first two with birdies while Dubuisson scored bogey on both. The Frenchman came right back with two wins of his own to even things up on the next two holes, but then Day came on strong again, winning three of the next four holes.
Dubuisson wouldn't be brushed aside, however.
Down two holes with two to play, he made an extraordinary birdie after hitting it in the sand off the tee on No. 17 to stay alive, as pointed out by Martin Blake, sending the match to No. 18 with the tournament on the line:
Dubuisson forced extra holes by winning the 18th with a par, and then he put on one of the most incredible displays of recovery golf fans have seen in a long, long time on the next three holes, hanging in the match with incredible flair.
After five long playoff holes, Day finally came through with the victory by making birdie on the 23rd hold of the match.
Els was unable to regain his momentum after losing to Dubuisson in the semifinal.
Rickie Fowler jumped out to an early 2-up lead after five holes, but Els came charging back, winning four of the next seven holes to go up by two holes. However, Fowler got hot again and won three of the next five holes to go up by one heading into No. 18.
Els dug deep and tied things up by winning the final hole, but in the end Fowler was just too hot, and he won on the 19th hole of competition, earning the bronze medal, as Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel amusingly quipped:
It was an amazing weekend of golf, but like all good things, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship has come to an end.
It's not surprising that Day emerged as the champion. He's been one of the top players on tour for a few years now, and nobody should be surprised if he starts winning more often.
There's only a couple of months of golf between now and the 2014 Masters, so all the world's top golfers will attempt to get their games into shape for that ultimate test.