MARANA, Ariz. - The stars are gone from the Match Play Championship. Still remaining are Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan, the best in match play over the last couple of years.
Poulter added to his reputation as one tough customer Saturday when he beat Steve Stricker with one big putt after another, raising his record in match play to 19-3-2 over the last four years. Mahan outlasted U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson in 18 holes, leaving him two matches away from joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship. Mahan has gone 151 holes at Dove Mountain without trailing.
They meet in the semifinals Sunday morning.
Matt Kuchar had no trouble against Robert Garrigus. He plays in the semifinal against Jason Day, who beat Graeme McDowell.