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Ogilvy, Casey Reach Final

MARANA, Ariz. - Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey drove up to Dove Mountain two weeks ago to play a practice round on the new golf course for the Accenture Match Play Championship. When they play again today, the stakes will be significantly higher. Ogilvy made five birdies on the back nine to outlast teenage sensation Rory McIlroy in the quarterfinals, then played his final four holes in 5 under par against Stewart Cink for a 4 and 2 victory to reach the championship match for the third time in four years. His opponent will be Casey, who has turned in the most dominating performance in the 11-year history of this tournament.
In an All-England semifinal, Casey defeated Ross Fisher, 2 and 1, and will have a chance to become the first Match Play champion to never trail in any match the entire week. Even more astounding is that Casey has led 79 of the 80 holes he has played. A tournament that no longer has Tiger Woods instead has the best two golfers in match play the past three years. Ogilvy is 17-2 in match play dating to his 2006 victory at the Accenture Match Play Championship, the final year it was held at La Costa. That includes a singles victory in the Presidents Cup. Casey is 16-3-1 in match play around the world, including his 2006 victory at the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, when he never trailed over the final 71 holes of that event. The only time they have faced each other in match play - except for games at their home club in Scottsdale, Ariz. - was two years ago, when Ogilvy scored a 5 and 4 victory in the quarterfinals. Van Pelt, Wilson Share PGA Lead PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - After his tee shot stopped against a tree root in a scrubby area, Bo Van Pelt considered his options. He finally decided to try punching it back toward the fairway, then took a mighty whack. The ball moved all of 6 inches. Another punch and a beautiful pitch later, Van Pelt stood on the ninth green waiting for a tap-in bogey and smiling. He made the turn in a good mood, telling himself how much worse it could have been. Van Pelt stayed out of trouble the rest of the day, shooting a 3-under 67 on Saturday to catch Mark Wilson for the lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Wilson shot a 69, leaving both at 11-under 199 through three rounds of the PGA Tour's annual stop south of the border. LPGA: Paula Creamer had three consecutive birdies on the back nine for a 5-under 67 and a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the $1.45 million of the Honda LPGA Thailand. The world's No. 3 player delighted the Thai galleries with birdies on holes Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to finish with a three-round total of 11-under 205. That put her ahead of Lorena Ochoa (68) and former Duke star Brittany Lang (71).
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