|Magee And Maggert Make It To The Final|
|by Martin Olivera|
Andrew Magee, who started the tournament as the 50th seeded player, beat
John Huston (27) 3&1 and Jeff Maggert (24) beat Steve Pate (61) 1-up to
reach the final of the Andersen Consulting World Match Play Championship
at the La Costa Resort and Spa, in Carlsbad, California. Tomorrow, Magee
and Maggert will battle through a 36-hole match for the title worth $1 million.
The runner-up will get $500,000. Steve Pate and John Huston will play and
18-hole match for third place, worth $400,000. Fourth place is worth $300,000.
Both, Magee and Maggert came from behind to witn their respective matches. Magee was 3-down after three holes, but started his comeback at the par-4 4th. "The fourth hole was the turning point," said Magee. "Even though I was 2-down I felt I was in control". He won that hole with par. He then won the 9th hole with a birdie, and then the 10th with par to even the match. He was ahead, 1-up, for the first time in the match when he birdied the 11th. Huston made two more mistakes on 16th -- missed the green from the middle of the fairway -- and 17th -- hit it in the water -- which resulted in bogeys, and the match was over at 3&1. "My game was off today," said Huston. "The way I played today, I would have lost any of the matches I won earlier in the week. Maybe I was lucky to get so far," added Huston.
Just like yesterday in his match against Tiger Woods, Jeff Maggert was down after nine holes. The match changed leader three times in eight holes. Pate birdied the par-4 1st hole to go 1-up, and Maggert returned the punch with a birdie 2 on the 3rd to even the match. A bogey by Pate on the 5th made Maggert the leader, but he bogeyed 6th and 8th, and Pate birdied 9th to finish 2-up at the end of the outward nine. "I gave away some holes early in the round with some kind of silly bogeys and I was upset at myself," said Maggert. "That's not what I normally do when I play". Maggert was 3-down after Pate birdied the 11th hole, but the match quickly started to change momentum when he eagled 12th. "The eagle on 12th gave me a lot of confidence," said Maggert. He went on to win 13th when Pate made bogey, and the match was Pate 1-up. "13th was the turning point," said Pate. "I was in between clubs, 115 yards (out) and I ended up buried in the (front) bunker," added Pate. Maggert birdied 15th to even the match, and then won 16th with par when Pate missed the fairway and the green to go 1-up. Both players made clutch putts for birdie on 17th, and finally Maggert 2-putted for par to close the match 1-up, after a long birdie try by Pate missed on the high side.
Nobody got to go home tonight. The same four players will go out tomorrow, only this time for a lot more money and a different opponent. It'll be a battle of skill and nerves for the million.