Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan, two of the best in match play over the past few years, meet in Sunday morning's semifinals of the World Golf Championship Match Play Championship.
Poulter beat Steve Stricker with one big putt after another, raising his record in this fickle format to 19-3-2 over the past four years.
Mahan outlasted U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson in 18 holes, leaving him two wins away from joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship in Marana, Ariz. Mahan hasn't lost a match in two years.
Matt Kuchar had no trouble against Robert Garrigus, building a 4-up lead through 10 holes and hanging on for a 3-and-2 win. Kuchar has made it to the quarterfinals the last three years, and this will be his second time in the semifinals in the past three years. Kuchar faces Jason Day of Australia, who won a tight match against Graeme McDowell in 18 holes.
Along with a perfect singles record in the Ryder Cup, Poulter has won the WGC version of the Match Play Championship and the World Match Play Championship in Spain in 2011.
In Mahan's win over Simpson, it was the first time Mahan played the 18th hole in this competition since his opening match a year ago.
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