Toms, DiMarco through to finals

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

David Toms and Chris DiMarco set up an all-American final with victories in the semi-finals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Saturday.

Toms, DiMarco through to finals

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David Toms and Chris DiMarco set up an all-American final with victories in the semi-finals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Saturday. With world number one Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods leading the elite 64-player field, few would have tipped a Chris DiMarco-David Toms showdown when the rain-delayed WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship began a day late on Thursday. But with Singh and Woods both falling in the second round on Friday, the scene was set for an unlikely winner. Impressive performanceIn Saturday's semi-finals, Toms got the ball rolling with an impressive performance against England's Ian Poulter, who had enjoyed a good run to the last four. Runner-up to Woods in 2003, Toms's second appearance in the final was well earned. He had defeated two of the PGA Tour's form players, third seed Phil Mickelson and Nissan Open champion Adam Scott, before ending Poulter's 'Cinderella' run. Poulter, seeded 42, went one up after the first hole. Sealing the winBut back-to-back eagles on the 10th and 11th put Toms three up and he never looked back from there. The American sealed his win with a birdie on the par-three 16th. DiMarco, who had never advanced past the third round in four previous visits to the La Costa Resort and Spa, was three down to Goosen after three holes. The South African fourth seed was the highest remaining seed in the draw, after a week of upsets, and set out to do justice to his ranking. But Goosen, who has enjoyed good fortune throughout the tournament, saw his luck change on the par-four eighth when his tee shot lodged in the tangled branches of a tree. As the gallery cheered, Goosen's caddie was hoisted up the tree but he failed to find his employer's ball and in the end the South African was forced to concede the hole, trimming his advantage to one up. Seizing his chance, DiMarco carded four birdies in five holes from the 10th, clinching his spot in the final when Goosen missed a short par putt at the 17th. (AP)



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