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Ogilvy outguns Cink to reach final at Dove Mountain

MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) – Former winner Geoff Ogilvy reached the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final for the third time in four years with a commanding 4&2 victory over American Stewart Cink on Saturday.

The Australian world number eight overpowered his semi-final opponent with an explosive run on the back nine, going birdie-birdie-eagle from the 13th before sealing the win with a conceded birdie on the 16th green.

Champion at La Costa in 2006 and a losing finalist against Swede Henrik Stenson in 2007, Ogilvy will meet Paul Casey or fellow Briton Ross Fisher in Sunday’s 36-hole final.

Casey was two up on Fisher after 13 holes on a sun-baked afternoon at Dove Mountain’s Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

“When you make birdies like that at the end it’s a nice way to finish,” a smiling Ogilvy told reporters after extending his win-loss record at the event to 16-2.

Ogilvy, who beat British teenager Rory McIlroy 2&1 in the morning quarter-finals, won the opening hole against Cink after the American drove into the desert scrub and needed two more shots to reach the fairway.

The Australian went two up after sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-five second before his opponent clawed one back at the fourth.

Although Ogilvy restored his two-hole advantage when Cink bogeyed the fifth after hitting his approach into a bunker, the American leveled the match by the 11th.

He birdied eight and was conceded the par-five 11th after Ogilvy ended up under the lip of a fairway bunker off the tee and was only able to advance the ball 90 yards with his next shot.

Ogilvy regained control with consecutive birdies from the par-five 13th, getting up and down from just short of the green before rolling in a 13-footer at 14 to go two up.

The Australian struck a dagger blow at the 343-yard par-four 15th, driving the green and knocking in a six-foot eagle putt to forge three ahead before sealing victory at the following hole.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)