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Tale of the tape: J-Day vs. Dubuisson

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The final is set at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship: Jason Day vs. Victor Dubuisson

Here is a quick tale of the tape between the two finalists, who comprise the youngest final match in event history. 

Name: Jason Day 

Age: 26

Match Play appearance: 4th

Best previous finish: 3rd (consolation winner in 2013)

Record at this event: 13-3

Career PGA Tour victories: 1 (2010 Byron Nelson)

Current world ranking: 11

World ranking implications: Could move to No. 4 in the world with a win; No. 6 with a loss

Best PGA Tour result in 2014: T-2, Farmers Insurance Open

Best match this week: Round 2, when he defeated Billy Horschel in 22 holes. Three down through four holes, Day battled back to all square on 17 tee. He won with a birdie on the fourth extra hole in what matched the longest match of the week. 

The skinny: Day has proven to be one of the best match-play performers in the world, moving to 13-3 in this event with an impressive semifinal victory over Rickie Fowler, who had already scored upsets over match-play maven Ian Poulter, red-hot Jimmy Walker, in-form Sergio Garcia and gritty veteran Jim Furyk. After a neck-and-neck battle with Billy Horschel in Round 2, Day hasn’t needed to play the 18th hole in his past three matches. Save for a poor performance at Pebble, Day hasn’t finished outside the top 25 in an event since August. That includes his victory at the World Cup at Royal Melbourne. He hasn’t won officially on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Nelson.  


Name: Victor Dubuisson

Age: 23 

Years on PGA Tour: 1st

Match Play appearance: 1st 

Best previous finish: N/A

Record at this event: 5-0

PGA Tour victories: 0 (2013 Turkish Airlines Open is lone European Tour title)

Current world ranking: 30

World ranking implications: Could move to No. 15 with a win; No. 23 with a loss

Best PGA Tour result in 2014: T-13, Pebble Beach

Best match this week: Semifinals, when he defeated Ernie Els, 1 up. Listless at the start against Els, Dubuisson reeled off wins at Nos. 8, 9, 11 and 12 to seize an improbable 1-up lead. After a birdie at the short 15th, he two-putted for par from long range on the list – and watched as Els missed his 13-footer for par – to advance to the finals. 

The skinny: The Frenchman already appeared likely to make his Ryder Cup debut in September, but he only solidified his position with a finals appearance here. With a victory, Dubuisson, at 23 years, 10 months and 1 day, could become the second-youngest winner of a WGC event, behind only Tiger Woods. He’d also become the first player to win in his WGC debut.