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Matt Kuchar in Match Play final for 1st time; Mahan big lead over Poulter

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Matt Kuchar tips his cap to the crowd after winning 3 and 2 over Robert Garrigus in the quarterfinal round of play during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (The Associated Press)

Matt Kuchar is in the final of the Match Play Championship for the first time.

Kuchar seized control Sunday morning by winning three holes in a four-hole stretch and polished off Jason Day of Australia, 4 and 3. Kuchar has reached at least the quarterfinals in each of the last three years in this World Golf Championship.

In the other semifinal match, Hunter Mahan was 4 up with four holes to play over Ian Poulter. Mahan is trying to join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winner of the Match Play Championship. Mahan has not trailed since the sixth hole of his first-round match a year ago.

The final day brought more strange weather when a frigid wind arrived as the semifinal matches were making the turn.