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Fowler leaves it late to make semi-finals

Rickie Fowler withstood a back-nine charge by Jim Furyk to beat his fellow American 1-up yesterday morning (Singapore time) and book a WGC Match-Play Championship semi-final with Jason Day.

Furyk, three down through 12 holes, won four straight to take a 1-up lead through 16, but Fowler held his nerve to win the last two holes for the narrow victory.

Australia's Day, who finished third in the elite 64-man event last year, defeated South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen 2&1.

In yesterday's other semi-final in the Arizona desert, South African veteran Ernie Els will take on France's Victor Dubuisson for a place in this morning's championship match in the US$9 million ($11.4m) event.

Els notched the most emphatic victory of the day, subduing rising US star Jordan Spieth 4&2. Dubuisson edged out Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell 1-up. The semi-final results were not available at press time. - AFP.