- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 1, 2009

From combined dispatches

MARANA, Ariz. | Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey drove up to Dove Mountain two weeks ago to play a practice round on the new golf course for the Match Play Championship.

When they play again Sunday, the stakes will be significantly higher.

Ogilvy made five birdies on the back nine to outlast teenage sensation Rory McIlroy in the quarterfinals, then shot 5 under par on his final four holes against Stewart Cink for a 4-and-2 victory to reach the championship match for the third time in four years.

His opponent will be Casey, who has turned in the most dominating performance in the 11-year history of this tournament.

In an All-England semifinal, Casey defeated Ross Fisher 2 and 1 and will have a chance to become the first Match Play champion to never trail in any match the entire week. Even more astounding is that Casey has led 81 of the 82 holes he has played.

A tournament that no longer has Tiger Woods instead has the best two golfers in match play over the last three years.

Van Pelt, Wilson tied

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico | Bo Van Pelt shot a 3-under 67, enough to catch Mark Wilson for the lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Wilson shot a 1-under, leaving both at 11-under 199 through three rounds of the PGA Tour’s annual stop south of the border.

Briny Baird shot a 3-under to get within a stroke, putting him in Sunday’s final group with Wilson and Van Pelt at the 6,923-yard, par-70 El Camaleon course designed by Greg Norman.

Creamer moves ahead

PATTAYA, Thailand | American Paula Creamer had three consecutive birdies on the back nine for a 5-under 67 and a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the LPGA Thailand.

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