MARANA, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Hunter Mahan celebrates with the Walter Hagen Cup after winning the championship match during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 26, 2012 in Marana, Arizona. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Hunter Mahan Defeats Rory McIlroy To Win Accenture Match Play Championship

Rory McIlroy fell to Hunter Mahan in the final match, losing the tournament and delaying his chance to take over as the world's No. 1 ranked golfer.

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Accenture Match Play 2012 Bracket: Rory McIlroy Will Play Hunter Mahan For Championship

The World Golf Championships' Accenture Match Play Championship final is finally set. Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan each advanced through the bracket on Sunday morning to make it to the finale, scheduled to take place at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

McIlroy, the North Ireland native, defeated England's Lee Westwood on Sunday morning to make it all the way through match play and into the championship. The final score of their meeting was 3-and-1, putting McIlroy in the driver's seat to become the top-ranked golfer in the world.

Mahan defeated fellow American Mark Wilson with a 2-and-1 score to advance to the finals against McIlroy. Mahan took a two-hole lead from the outset and never looked back, setting up a rematch with McIlroy as the two met in the second round of this same tournament in 2009.

Westwood and Wilson will tee-off in their third-place match at 2:05.

For more on the tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all news and information on the PGA, check out SB Nation's dedicated golf hub and golf blog Waggle Room.

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