Saturday, February 23, 2013
Match Play at a glance
MARANA, Ariz. -- A brief look at play Saturday in the Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Club at Dove Mountain:
Quarterfinal results: Matt Kuchar def. Robert Garrigus 3 and 2; Jason Day def. Graeme McDowell, 1 up; Ian Poulter def. Steve Stricker, 3 and 2; Hunter Mahan def. Webb Simpson, 1 up.
Semifinal pairings: Kuchar vs. Day; Poulter vs. Mahan.
History Hunter: Mahan is trying to join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners in the event. Not only has Mahan won every match he has played -- 11 in a row -- over the last two years, he now has gone 151 consecutive holes without trailing.
Shot of the day: Poulter's 40-foot birdie putt on the third hole that turned his match with Stricker, who missed a 6-footer on the hole. "It was 40 feet, left-to-right, right-to-left, right-to-left again, hopefully slowing down on the ridge, taking a left-hand turn, down the slope and then chucking a little left to right at the end to drop it," Poulter said. "It was really nice."
Quote of the day: "I know it's not the top four in the world, probably what everyone was hoping for. But there's been a lot of great golf played, a lot of great shot, a lot of great putts. There's a lot of great players." -- Mahan.
Stat of the day: Poulter, the 2010 champion, is 19-3-2 in match play over the last four years. Along with a perfect singles record in the Ryder Cup, he won the European Tour's 2011 World Match Play in Spain.