Sunday, February 24, 2008

Accenture Match Play Championship Day 4

Tiger Woods continues to push the bar even higher as he takes aim at his third Accenture Match Play Championship victory in the title bout where he’ll face Stewart Cink in an all-American final at The Gallery Golf Club just north of Tucson. Woods captured back-to-back Accenture tournaments in 2003 and 2004.

“It was fun to get into position and be able to execute,” said Tiger Woods after his semi-final round.

Two former Accenture Match Play champions produced a sensational semi-final match for the gallery. Henrik Stenson battled courageously before Woods prevailed, 2 up, and sent the Swede to the consolation match. It was the first time in the 10-year history of the storied World Golf Championships event that two former Accenture Match Play champions went head-to-head in a semifinal match.

Woods and K.J. Choi were locked in a tight quarterfinal duel before Woods turned it up a notch on the back nine, defeating the South Korean, 3 and 2, after 16 holes to move on to his semi-final match. Woods is 20-4 in match play against international players. Three of his four loses came at the hands of Australians; Peter O’Malley in ’02, twice to Nick O’Hern in ‘05 and ’07, and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke in the 2000 title round. Tiger Woods improved his Accenture Match Play record to 30-6 in his ninth year playing the storied event.

On his way to reaching the championship round, Stewart Cink put on a match-play seminar, making five birdies and one eagle through nine holes in his semifinal match against Justin Leonard as he cruised to 4 and 2 victory. Leonard will now face Henrik Stenson in the consolation match.

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