Day faces huge payday and ranking rise
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship | Quarter-Finals | 23 Feb 2014
For the second year in succession, Jason Day has reached the semi finals of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana Arizona, defeating South African Louis Oosthuizen after being down early before establishing a lead at the 5th hole which he never surrendered.
Last year, Day also reached the semi finals where he was eliminated by eventual winner Matt Kuchar before beating Ian Poulter in the consolation match for third and 4th.
If Day defeats his semi final opponent, Rickie Fowler tomorrow he will be guaranteed a rise to 6th in the world ranking and if he was to go on and win his second PGA Tour title on Sunday afternoon he would rise to an all time high of 4th in the world.
Fowler defeated Jim Furyk 1 up in a tightly fought match.
In the other semi final Ernie Els takes on surprise packet Frenchman Victor Dubuisson after Dubuisson had fought back from an early deficit to defeat Graeme McDowell 1 up, McDowell unable to produced another Houdini act after producing miraculous fight-backs in earlier matches.
Els defeated Jordan Spieth 4&2.
The winner of tomorrow’s final earns US$1,530,000. although just for making it to the semis, Day is guaranteed more than US$500,000, more then $630,000 for 3rd and if he makes the final he is assured of $US900,000.