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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The Tiger Train rolls into the finals of the WCG-Accenture Match Play Championship, grinding to an extra-hole victory over a very determined Australian, Adam Scott. He will be opposed in the 36-hole finale Sunday by David Toms, who eased by another Aussie, Peter Lonard, with a birdie on the 18th hole.

Both Woods and Scott shot 5-under scores in the regulation 18 holes in afternoon play. It finally ended when the 22-year-old Australian three-putted the 19th hole, missing the par putt from three feet.
 
Toms had his own close call with Lonard, going 3-up at the 10th before losing the 15th and 16th holes. He was able to birdie the par-5 18th while Lonard missed his downill birdie putt of 12 feet.
 
Woods had sizzled in a morning match against Scott Hoch, scoring two eagles en route to a 7-under performance in just 14 holes. Hoch was impressive in his own right, shooting 3-under, but he was blindsided by Woods in a 5-and-4 shellacking.
 
The afternoon match pitting Woods and Scott turned into a true classic.
 
Adam played beautifully today, said Woods. He hit a lot of good shots, made some big putts. It was unfortunate the way it ended for Adam. I didnt want to see him do that (three-putt.) I would rather have a birdie win the hole.
 
Scott felt it was a good putt on the overtime hole. I think it hit something, he said.
 
The putt was right-edge. It had to break for sure, he said. This things been breaking right edge all week, maybe inside the edge, but Im sure it hit something to move left because it didnt have a chance.
 
Scott surged ahead by two holes after the first seven, but then Woods scrapped back to birdie 8 and 9. From that point on, neither player could get more than a 1-up lead. Woods was 1-up going into the 18th before Scott birdied, sending it into overtime.
 
You could see the confidence he (Scott) had when he was driving the ball, pulling out the driver on just about every hole, just piping it, said Woods. He was swinging free, he was just bombing it. You could see he just had a good feel for his swing.
 
He missed some short putts, but he also made some really big putts today to win holes or halve holes. It was great match.
 
For Woods, it was the fifth straight victory this week and a combined score of 20-under par ' even though the Scott match was the first one that went the full distance. His Saturday morning performance was perhaps the ideal of a week in which he agreed he was very consistent.
 
It was phenomenal watching him today, said Hoch. He had complete control of everything.
 
Toms had to play his two matches Saturday after a rocky Thursday night with four hours spent in a Carlsbad hospital with food poisoning. He disposed of Jerry Kelly, 4 and 3, before beating Lonard.
 
He sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 after Lonard had battled back from a 3-down predicament.
 
I havent had a whole lot to eat the last few days, said Toms. I had food poisoning, and when you have that, it takes a lot out of you.
 
The Woods-Toms match will pit two veterans ranked No. 1 and No. 6 before the tournament began.
 
I feel like Im playing well and putting well, said Toms. Im excited about tomorrow. I guess the worst I can do is second place. So thats not a bad week, and Im going to enjoy the challenge.
 
I enjoy playing golf with Tiger. So hopefully I can just play my best golf tomorrow, and see if thats good enough.
 
Woods predicts another tough match.
 
D.T. (Toms) is playing real solid, as always. You know hes going to go out there and hit fairway after fairway, and green after green. And you know if he gets a few good putts going, he can run the table.
 
David is a great guy. I thoroughly enjoyed being with him at the Ryder Cup, and I wish I could have played with him. Hes just a great guy.
 
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