Casey to meet Micheel in final

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Former champion Colin Montgomerie took on Paul Casey in the first 36-hole semi-final of the World Match Play Championship on Saturday.

Casey to meet Micheel in final

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Former champion Colin Montgomerie took on Paul Casey in the first 36-hole semi-final of the World Match Play Championship on Saturday.Casey, winner of the China Open and Johnnie Walker Championship titles earlier this season, only had to play steady golf to reach the turn four up, and went seven up after the Scot missed a birdie putt on the par five fourth hole.The 43-year-old, who complained of tiredness after his 36-hole win over Michael Campbell on Friday, wasn't helped by a shank on the eighth.That Sunday golfer type stroke came after he won the fifth and seventh holes.But the mini-revival of the 1999 World Match Play winner came to an end when Casey effectively clinched victory, drilling a majestic five-iron to within six feet of the cup at the par-five 12th and sinking his eagle putt.The end came at the next hole, the 13th, when an eagle putt came up just short and the players shook hands, with Casey reaching the final on his debut with a 6 and 5 win.Sweden's Robert Karlsson, another member of next week's European Ryder Cup team, faced American Shaun Micheel in the second semi-final.Micheel, who knocked out Tiger Woods and Luke Donald earlier in the week, went two down after four holes, but pulled back to sit at one up after the first 18 holes.The golf in the morning was far from spectacular.Micheel recorded a 73, while Karlsson carded a 72, but the standard was better in the afternoon.Karlsson pulled it back to all square after the outward nine of the second 18, but Micheel went back into the lead at the 10th.The Swede hit back immediately at the 11th with a birdie three.The 2003 US PGA champion retook the lead at the par five 12th, holing a putt from a similar distance.The semi-final went to the last hole.Karlsson, who returned a 69, had to hole to keep the match alive.He missed and 37-year-old Micheel emerged triumphant with a six-birdie 68 and a two up success.Up for grabs in Sunday's final is the richest first prize in golf, one million pounds ($1.89 million). (AP)



Topics : Golf Shaun Micheel Paul Casey
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