The semifinals are now set for the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play knockout tournament. On Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course at Dove Mountain in Arizona, the eight quarterfinalists engaged in some heated matchups. When the smoke cleared, the semifinals were set; one of which will pit the last two remaining No. 1 seeds against one another.
The Gary Player bracket came down to the first quarterfinal match, between No. 1 seed Rory McIroy and No. 11 seed Sang-Moon Bae. McIroy advanced to the semifinals by defeating Bae, three holes to two.
That was the same score by which No. 1 seed Lee Westwood advanced past No. 10 seed Martin Laird in the Sam Snead bracket.
In the final match in the Ben Hogan bracket, No. 6 seed Hunter Mahan knocked off No. 4 seed Matt Kuchar by winning six holes to Kuchar's five in 13 holes. Kuchar bogeyed on holes 3, 5, 7 and 10 while Mahan made par on all four.
Meanwhile, in the Bobby Jones bracket, No. 10 seed Mark Wilson advanced past No. 9 seed Peter Hanson. Wilson took five holes to three through 15. Hanson got off to a rough start right away with a bogey on the first hole, a par-4. He settled down after that and the two men matched one another for the next nine holes. They stepped to the 10th tee tied at 2-2 before Hanson bogeyed on back-to-back holes on 10 and 11 while Wilson made par on both. A bogey by Hanson on hole 14 sealed the win for Wilson.
Wilson and Mahan will face off on Sunday, as will Westwood and McIroy.