Of the four golfers that made the semifinals of the 2011 Accenture Match Play Challenge, two were American, and both of those played college golf in Georgia. Tomorrow, a former Bulldog and former Yellow Jacket will face off in the consolation match at 12 p.m. local time.
Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar took on Luke Donald and lost 6 & 5. The English native shot -6 through 13 holes and never gave Kuchar an opening. He built up a seven hole lead at one point and won by the large final margin.
Bubba Watson had a marathon day of golf. In his first match against J.B. Holmes, Watson came back from a five hole deficit to force an extra frame. The final two holes combined to take almost an hour to play before Watson was able to complete the comeback.
In his second match, Watson went up against the then #2 player in the world, Martin Kaymer, and lost by one hole. The two matched each other stroke for stroke on the front nine. Each player won one hole, and the other seven were halved. The back nine was a roller coaster that saw only two halved holes. Kaymer took a two hole lead with two to go. Watson managed to keep it interesting with a rare birdie on the 17th, but was unable to do the same on the 18th to send it to an extra hole.
The win gives Martin Kaymer enough points to move into the #1 ranking in the world taking over the spot from Lee Westwood. He will face Luke Donald in the championship match that is scheduled to tee off shortly after noon local time.
The two losses for the local guys sets up an intriguing Bulldog-Jacket pairing. It's two bad the matchup won't be with the championship on the line, but it will be fun to watch the former Ryder Cup teammates battle anyways.
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