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February 24 2013

1:22 PM

Mahan, Kuchar meet for title

MARANA, Ariz. -- Hunter Mahan, who has won his last 11 matches at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, will play Matt Kuchar for the title this afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

Mahan beat the 2010 champion, Ian Poulter, by a 4-and-3 margin in the semifinals. Kuchar eliminated Jason Day by the same score.

"He's a great guy, he's a great competitor," Mahan said of Kuchar. "I picture us hopefully hitting a lot of fairways, greens and just kind of letting the other person make mistakes and not being overly aggressive the way it's playing right now.  But he's a great guy to play with. I know we're going to have fun."

Kuchar's record is pretty impressive, as well. He has won 14 of his last 16 matches -- losing to the eventual champion in each of the last two years. Luke Donald beat him in the semifinals in 2011 and Mahan eliminated him in the quarters last year.

"Excited to have a chance back at Hunter," Kuchar said. "He's a fantastic player, fantastic ball striker. I know that's certainly going to be helpful in these conditions, being able to control the spin and trajectory of your ball in the wind is an important thing, so it'll be another tough match. He's proved himself a great player in this format."

Day and Poulter will play for third place in a match that begins at 1:55 p.m. ET (11:55 a.m. MT). The championship match begins 20 minutes later.

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