End of Day as Kuchar reaches final

2/24/2013 5:51:00 PM
Matt Kuchar  (Getty Images)
Matt Kuchar (Getty Images)

Matt Kuchar eased past Australian Jason Day to book his place in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final in Tucson.

The US Ryder Cup star ran out a 4 and 3 winner over a lackluster Day, the 25 year old failing to record a single birdie in the 15 holes played.

Kuchar was only level par for the day, but in cold and windy Arizona conditions that was more than good enough.

The American, playing in the last four for the second time in three years, was steady rather than spectacular at Dove Mountain and having gone one down with a bogey at the long second, leveled when he won the fourth with a par.

Kuchar went one up with a birdie at the short sixth, and looked like going two in front when Day hit his drive on the seventh into the desert.

The 25 year old pulled off a remarkable recovery – firing his second to the edge of the green, and getting away with failing to get up-and-down when Kuchar three-putted.

Day’s luck ran out at the long eighth, as Kuchar’s second birdie of the day put him two up, and a par at the ninth was enough to go three clear as his opponent struggled to find the form that got him past Major Champions Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell on Saturday.

Kuchar handed Day a lifeline at the tenth when he was unable to retrieve his drive from thick desert scrub, but when Day took five shots just to find the green on the 13th his opponent restored his three up advantage and the American confirmed his superiority with a birdie at the 15th.