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Match Play comes down to DJ, Rahm

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AUSTIN, Texas – The title bout that has been five days in the making awaits at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and star-in-waiting Jon Rahm advancing to Sunday’s championship match.

Rahm pulled away late in his semifinal match with four birdies over his last five holes for a 3-and-2 victory over Bill Haas.

“Towards the end, especially, I really made a couple of clutch putts. I think all day both of us played great," said Rahm, who arguably played in the toughest group in round-robin play. "The front nine we went a little bit back and forth,” 

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While Johnson, who had been dominant this week at Austin Country Club, endured his closest match of the week, defeating Hideto Tanihara, 1 up, with clutch putts at Nos. 17 (6 ½ feet) and 18 (8 feet). It was the first time Johnson had been pushed past the 16th hole this week.

“It was a tough match. I felt like I played really well, hit a lot of great putts on the back nine, just nothing would go in and finally made some great putts at 17 and 18,” said Johnson, who was 4 under through 18 holes in his semifinal match.

Haas will play Tanihara in the consolation match at 2 p.m. (CT), followed by the championship match at 2:15 p.m.