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Match Play: Ian Poulter to face Hunter Mahan in semifinals

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer
Jason Day (right) is congratulated by Graeme McDowell after winning their quarterfinal match. (Getty Images)

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Matt Kuchar defeated Robert Garrigus 3 and 2

How it ended: Garrigus, who lost three of the first six holes, needed a birdie on the par-3 No. 16 hole to keep things going with Kuchar and he couldn't get it. Kuchar is now 13-3 all-time at the Match Play Championship and looking to improve on his all-time best finish of third place in 2011.

After the match, Kuchar told NBC he thought Garrigus gave him a few holes early in their match:

I've been playing some steady golf and feel like if I get a few gifts I'm going to take advantage.

Ian Poulter defeated Steve Stricker 3 and 2

This was the second match of the day that ended on the par-3 16th hole. Poulter made a par to match Steve Stricker's par and take the match.

After the round, Poulter was asked how he would describe his confidence right now:

I've got a lot of it.

I hope we get lots of crazy-eyes Poulter tomorrow.

Here's video of his win.

Jason Day defeated Graeme McDowell 1 up

How it ended: McDowell missed a 10-foot putt for par on No. 17 to go down one after Day made his par. Then McDowell stuck one on No. 18 while Day left his approach short. They both two-putted, though, for par and Day moved on.

Day will face Matt Kuchar in the semifinals on Sunday.

Day told NBC after the round he felt "stressed" on the course:

It's like playing Sunday every day here.

Hunter Mahan defeated Webb Simpson 1 up

How it ended: Simpson made an untimely bogey -- the first from either golfer in the match -- on hole No. 16 and Mahan took advantage, going one up. They both parred No. 17 and 18 and Mahan moved on to face crazy-eyes Poulter in the semis. That should be a blast.

Semifinal coverage starts on Golf Channel at 9 a.m. EST Sunday morning.

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