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Donald into Match Play final

2011-02-27 15:49

Marana - A brilliant Luke Donald has made short work of his opponents en route to the final at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship.

The quiet Englishman has never trailed in any of his five matches, and he was at his best on Saturday as he put the sword to two foes.

After dusting off American Ryan Moore 5 and 4 in a morning quarter-final at Dove Mountain, the overall ninth seed was just as impressive in his afternoon semi-final against another American, Matt Kuchar.

Six birdies in 13 holes paved the way to a 6 and 5 victory, leaving Kuchar powerless to do anything about the juggernaut.

"I've been tough to beat this week and hopefully that can continue tomorrow," Donald said.

"I've been stringing together a lot of good rounds, making birdies and not too many mistakes.

"You obviously don't want to lose in any of the rounds but I would be disappointed to make it this far and then lose the final."

Kuchar was philosophical in defeat.

"Had I got somebody else on today's round, I may have still been able to come out with a win, but you face Luke Donald on a day he's really hot, you pack your bags early," he said.

Donald, who is ranked ninth in the world, will rise to third if he lifts the trophy on Sunday.

He will play Germany's Martin Kaymer, who edged American Bubba Watson 1-up on the other semi-final.

Donald began his barnstorming run with a thumping victory over Charlie Hoffman in Wednesday's first round, before disposing of Italians Edoardo Molinari and then Matteo Manassero in the next two rounds.

He has lost only 13 holes in his five matches.

Results (x denotes seed):

Semi-finals

Luke Donald (ENG) bt Matt Kuchar (USA) 6 and 5
Martin Kaymer (GER) bt Bubba Watson (USA) 1-up

Quarter-finals


Bobby Jones bracket

Luke Donald (ENG x3) bt Ryan Moore (USA x12) 5 and 4

Ben Hogan bracket

Matt Kuchar (USA x4) bt Yang Yong-Eun (KOR x11) 2 and 1

Gary Player bracket


Martin Kaymer (GER x1) bt Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP x6) 1-up

Sam Snead bracket

Bubba Watson (USA x5) bt J.B. Holmes (USA x6) 19 holes

AFP