Donald, Poulter to play for Match Play title

Ian Poulter of England tosses his ball on the 18th green during the semi-final of the Volvo World...

Ian Poulter of England tosses his ball on the 18th green during the semi-final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship golf tournament in Casares May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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Costa del Sol, Spain - Englishmen Luke Donald and Ian Poulter won their semifinals matches Sunday and will face off for the title at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

World No. 2 Donald beat world No. 3 Martin Kaymer, 5 & 3, while Poulter needed 19 holes to beat Nicolas Colsaerts.

Donald is on an impressive Match Play run having won his last 12 match-play matches. He won his first five matches here after winning all his matches at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The other victory during the run was his 1-up win over Jim Furyk at last year's Ryder Cup.

Thanks in part to his impressive match play run this year, Donald can take over the top spot in the world rankings if he can beat Poulter in the final.

Donald, who was a quarterfinalist at this event in 2005 and 2006, is seeking his fifth European Tour title, while Poulter is going for his 11th tour win.

Donald won three straight holes from the second before Kaymer claimed the fifth with a par on No. 5. Donald won the eighth with a birdie and the 10th with a par to push his lead to 4-up.

After four straight halves, Donald birdied the 15th to close out the win.

Poulter, who won the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, had a tough match with Colsaerts, who was a surprise semifinalist. Colsaerts took down Rory McIlroy, Retief Goosen and reigning U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell along the way.

Birdies on the second, fifth and seventh gave Colsaerts a 3-up lead. Poulter got within 2-down when he won the eighth with a par. The duo halved the next six holes.

Poulter won the 15th and 16th with pars to square the match. They both birdied the par-three 17th and par-five 18th to force the extra hole. Another bogey by Colsaerts on the first extra hole gave the match to Poulter.


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