While 64 players teed it up to begin the week in the Arizona desert, we're now down to just four participants at the WGC-Accenture Accenture Match Play Championship. Here's how things played out Saturday among the quarterfinalists at Dove Mountain:
Jason Day (2) def. Louis Oosthuizen (8), 2 and 1: This was a back-and-forth match from the start, as the pair didn't halve a hole until the sixth. Oosthuizen appeared out of sorts early on, putting each of his first two tee shots into the desert and conceding the first hole to Day before Aussie hit his second shot. He made an improbable up-and-down from 270 yards to square the match on No. 2, though, and briefly took a lead with another birdie on the following hole. Eventually Day got the upper hand, making the turn with a 2-up lead and and padding his advantage to 3-up through 11 holes. Oosthuizen was battling back pain throughout the match and required treatment down the back nine, as the pain clearly hampered the South African after three days of stellar play. Ultimately Day was able to close out the match with an up-and-down on No. 17, sending the Australian to the semifinals at Dove Mountain for the second consecutive year.
Rickie Fowler (14) def. Jim Furyk (5), 1 up: Fowler appeared in control early on, winning three of the first four holes Saturday after completing his much-publicized comeback against Sergio Garcia the day prior. Furyk trimmed the deficit to 1-down through eight holes, but Fowler regained his earlier advantage with wins on Nos. 9 and 11. The match appeared to be essentially on ice before Furyk staged an impressive comeback, winning four straight holes from Nos. 13-16 to take his first lead of the day. Fowler squared the match on 17, though, and Furyk faced an up-and-down from in front of the 18th green to extend the match. His chip landed short and rolled all the way back down the slope, settling in nearly the same spot as his previous shot. When his second chip failed to drop, Fowler won the match with an easy two-putt. He'll now move on to face Day in one of the two semifinal matches Sunday morning.
Ernie Els (8) def. Jordan Spieth (3), 4 and 2: Spieth was perceived as one of the favorites among the eight players remaining at Dove Mountain, but the upstart Texan failed to lead at any point during his match Saturday with Els. The 44-year-old showed that experience can sometimes pay off, as Els held a slim lead for much of the front nine but increased it to 2 up with a par on No. 12. Spieth, who made nine birdies in defeating Matt Kuchar Friday, never found his stride and only won two holes the entire match. When his par putt on No. 16 lipped out, Spieth was eliminated and Els - who won the 1994 U.S. Open when Spieth was just 10 months old - moved on to Sunday. It's the first time that Els has made the semis at this event since it was played in Australia in 2001.
Victor Dubuisson (7) def. Graeme McDowell (5), 1 up: McDowell made headlines by winning his first three matches despite never teeing off with a lead, though he finally took his first advantage when he won the second hole against Dubuisson. He added another win at No. 3, though the Frenchman won the next hole and neither player held larger than a 1-up lead the rest of the way. The match was level for much of the back nine, though Dubuisson finally regained an advantage when McDowell bogeyed the par-3 16th. Both players made par on No. 17, and when Dubuisson got up-and-down from in front of the 18th green, McDowell faced a must-make from 25 feet. The birdie try drifted left, and the young Frenchman moves on to face Els on Sunday.