Accenture Match Play: Luke Donald Dispatches New World No. 1 Martin Kaymer In Final

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Martin Kaymer Earns No. 1 Ranking, Ousts Bubba Watson In Semifinal Of Accenture Match Play Championship

On Saturday, Martin Kaymer outlasted Bubba Watson in a hard-fought Accenture Match Play Championship semifinal, and with the 1-up win, the German will be rewarded with the world No. 1 ranking. Kaymer will be the top-ranked golfer in the world, regardless of whether he wins the tournament final against Luke Donald on Sunday.

It was a familiar pairing, as Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship after a three-hole playoff with Watson. Kaymer was met with another strong challenge from Watson on Saturday, and needed a rally on the back nine to seal the win. He pulled ahead with a birdie on the 15th hole, and benefited further from a Watson bogey on the 16th. Watson managed to shoot birdie to give himself a fighting chance on the 18th, but both shot even and Kaymer emerged with the win.

As Kaymer was ranked No. 2 entering the day, he figures to switch places with Lee Westwood, the former No. 1. Kaymer has earned his place in the top echelon of all-time German golfers. He's only the second German to earn the No. 1 ranking.

If Kaymer can manage a win against Luke Donald on Sunday, he will have the 18th win of his professional career.

You can view the full Accenture Match Play Championship bracket here. Follow along with this StoryStream for further updates. And for all things golf, be sure to check out SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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Accenture Match Play 2011 Results: Luke Donald Advances To Finals, Will Face Bubba Watson Or Martin Kaymer

On Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Luke Donald has advanced to the final of the Accenture Match Play Championship, and will face either Bubba Watson or Martin Kaymer in the final. The schedule of the tournament, which follows a bracket rather than a conventional leaderboard, has been accelerated due to the threat of snow, so two rounds -- the quarterfinals and semifinals -- are being decided on Saturday.

Donald, a 3-seed, first defeated 12-seed Ryan Moore in 14 holes to reach the semifinals, where the Englishman bested Matt Kuchar in 13 holes. Kuchar will face the loser of the Watson-Kaymer match in the third-place match on Sunday.

Here are the results as of 5:20 p.m. Eastern on Saturday:

QUARTERFINALS
Luke Donald def. Ryan Moore (5 and 4)
Matt Kuchar def. Y.E. Yang (2 and 1)
Martin Kaymer def. Miguel Angel Jimenez (1 up)
Bubba Watson def. J.B. Holmes (19 holes)

SEMIFINALS
Luke Donald def. Matt Kuchar (6 and 5)
IN PROGRESS: Martin Kaymer vs. Bubba Watson

You can see the entire Accenture Match Play Championship bracket here. Follow along with this StoryStream for further updates. And for all things golf, be sure to check out SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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Accenture Match Play 2011 Bracket: Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer Among Final Eight

On Friday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, the world's No. 2 golfer, Martin Kaymer, advanced past Hunter Mahan to reach the fourth round of the Accenture Match Play Championship. Bubba Watson is one of the other familiar faces to advance to the next round.

Kaymer survived despite dropping the first two holes of the day to Hunter Mahan. He recovered by the sixth hole, and after once again falling behind by two, the German won four of the final five holes to render the 18th hole unnecessary and win the round.

Watson, meanwhile, advanced past Greg Ogilvy in convincing fashion. After winning the first three holes, Watson won five straight, clinching the round by the 14th hole. He'll move on to face fellow American J.B. Holmes, who is looking for his first PGA Tour win since 2008.

Here are the full results from Friday's action:

No. 12 Ryan Moore def. No. 8 Nick Watney (19 holes)
No. 3 Luke Donald def. No. 15 Matteo Manassero (3 and 2)
No. 4 Matt Kuchar def. No. 8 Rickie Fowler (2 and 1)
No. 11 Y.E. Yang def. No. 2 Graeme McDowell (3 and 2)
No. 1 Martin Kaymer def. No. 5 Hunter Mahan (2 and 1)
No. 6 Miguel Jimenez def. No. 10 Ben Crane (7 and 6)
No. 5 Bubba Watson def. No. 8 Greg Ogilvy (6 and 4)
No. 6 J.B. Holmes def. No. 10 Jason Day (1 up)

You can view the full Accenture Match Play Championship bracket here. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for tee times, results, and more. And for all things golf, check in with SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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