Donald books final spot

Englishman crushes Kuchar 6&5 in Match Play semi-final

Last Updated: 27/02/11 12:33pm

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Donald: easily into final

Donald: easily into final

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Luke Donald cruised into the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after a resounding 6&5 win over Matt Kuchar in Tucson.

WGC-Accenture World Match Play Semi-final results US unless stated L Donald (Eng) bt M Kuchar 6&5 M Kaymer (Ger) bt B Watson 1 hole

The Englishman, who had earlier defeated Ryan Moore 5&4 in the last eight, kept up his fine form to make quick work of another American opponent.

The contest was effectively over at the turn with Donald six-up having birdied all but two of the front nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Donald then went seven-up on the 10th and could even afford to drop two straight holes at the 11th and 12th and still have a commanding lead.

An excellent approach shot at the 13th led to another birdie and with it Donald, who needed to complete just 27 holes during the day's two rounds, secured a place in the final.

"It was good," Donald, who could become the new world number three on Sunday, told Sky Sports.

"I didn't leave anything out there and I was pretty dominant. I was able to keep my opponents at bay. On a long day like this it was nice to get done early in both matches.

"I didn't know I could go to number three in the world, but that would be amazing. I've been playing consistently, but it's been a while since I've won over here (in America)."

Kuchar added: "There's no escaping Luke Donald. I played decent golf but he just tore me up."

Donald will play Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer in the final after the German halved the 18th for a one hole success over Bubba Watson.

Kaymer's win ensures he will take top spot in the world rankings from Lee Westwood regardless of the outcome of the final, while victory for Donald on Sunday would see him rise to a career-high position of world number three.

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