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Rampant Ogilvy sets up Casey final at Match Play

FORMER winner Geoff Ogilvy reached the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final for the third time in four years with an easy 4&2 victory over American Stewart Cink in Marana, Arizona, on Saturday.

The Australian world No. 8 overpowered his semifinal opponent with an explosive run on the back nine, going birdie-birdie-eagle from the 13th before sealing the win with a conceded birdie on the 16th green.

Champion at La Costa in 2006 and a losing finalist against Swede Henrik Stenson in 2007, Ogilvy will meet Paul Casey in the 36-hole final.

Casey, like Ogilvy a resident of nearby Scottsdale, beat fellow Briton Ross Fisher 2&1 in a match of poorer quality.

"That's the best I played all week by a long way today," a smiling Ogilvy said after extending his win-loss record at the event to 16-2.

"I was a lot sharper. I hit the ball great off the tee, I hit some good iron shots and made some good putts.

"I knew I had to be all there this morning against Rory," added the Australian, who beat British teenager Rory McIlroy 2&1 in the quarterfinals earlier in the day. "He's in form and one of the best young players in the world. Stewart this afternoon, again in form, one of the best players in the world, so two pretty satisfying guys to beat."

Cink's loss meant the United States will not have a finalist for only the second time.

Casey had his easiest time of the week in the quarterfinals against Sean O'Hair, who got food poisoning overnight at the worst time. The American played the first two holes so poorly that Casey never had to attempt his six-foot birdie putt at No. 1 or an eight-foot birdie on the next hole. O'Hair shot 40 on the front nine, falling hopelessly behind as Casey won 4 and 3.

Fisher defeated Justin Leonard, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals, but he fell behind from the start against Casey.

Casey was 1-up through 11 holes when Fisher fell apart.


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