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Golf: Day and Fowler reach last four at Dove Mountain

Published on Feb 23, 2014 6:59 AM
Jason Day of Australia plays a shot during the quarterfinal of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain on Feb 22, 2014 in Marana, Arizona. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Australian Jason Day became the first player to reach the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship semi-finals with a 2&1 victory over South African Louis Oosthuizen in Marana, Arizona on Saturday.

Helped by three birdies in the first nine holes at sun-splashed Dove Mountain, Day sealed the win with a matching par at the 17th after Oosthuizen had been troubled by an ailing back during their quarter-final clash.

Rickie Fowler joined Day in the last four with a see-sawing, one-up victory over fellow American Jim Furyk, who came from three down after 12 holes to go one up after 16 before running out of steam.

Day had trailed by one after Oosthuizen made a fast start with birdies at the second and third but then upped his game to take control as his opponent had periodic back treatment from his physiotherapist out on the course.

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