Accenture Match-Play Semi's. Victor Dubuisson in Final. February 23 2014
Victor Dubuisson has a chance to become the First Frenchman to win World Golf Championships at The Accenture Match-Play title.
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Victor beat the veteran Ernie Els, 1 up, when Ernie failed to get up and down from a bunker on the 18th hole. Victor enjoyed the victory;
"It feels great, especially because this morning I was not feeling comfortable.I didn't sleep very well and when I arrived at the course I realised I was in the semi-final of a World Golf Championship event against Ernie Els. I am a big fan of him, always watching him winning majors, and I was not as comfortable as the round before. That's why I had a poor start. I made three or four very bad shots and then I tried to focus again on my game and knew I had to play my best golf. That's what I did and proved my mentality is very solid."
Ernie was taking the positives away from this tournament;
“I hit a very poor second shot on eighteen, so it was a tough way to finish. But give Victor credit, he made quite a few birdies in the middle there. He was in a lot of trouble and he deserved to win. It's tough to take. I didn't play that nicely coming in. I missed quite a few makeable putts and had some bad irons shots. I'm playing with brand new equipment with Adams, and it’s only my fourth event. I had a chance to actually get to the finals. So I'm looking forward to the rest of the year and I'm really excited about things.”
Jason Day beat Rickie Fowler 3 and 2, Jason looked to be cruising to victory when he led by three holes with seven to play, but lost the next two to give Rickie some hope of mounting a successful comeback. After Rickie bogeyed the 15th, the match came to an anti-climactic end as he then three-putted the 16th green, from six feet;
Rickie said he knew it was going to be a tough match;
"I knew Jason was going to be tough. He made quite a few good putts, he didn't give me a whole lot. He missed a par putt on twelve, but other than that he played solid all day. On fifteen I was in a tough position, I couldn't really make anything of it and sixteen was a complete misread. Jason played well and he's going to be tough to beat this afternoon."
Jason said he thought he could win this week;
"I felt like I had a really good chance of having a shot of winning this week and I am really looking forward to it. I played some nice golf today so hopefully I can keep it going in the final."