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Love gets to final of Match Play

First came a pitching wedge from 111 yards that spun into the cup for eagle to win the last hole. Davis Love followed by burying Zach Johnson with six birdies Saturday to reach the final for the second time in three years.

The best part about this Match Play Championship?

Tiger Woods is nowhere to be found.

"I'm not wishing Tiger was here," Love said. "I'd love to play him again, though."

Instead, he will play today's 36-hole final against Geoff Ogilvy, who went extra holes for the fourth consecutive match Saturday morning before beating Tom Lehman 4 and 3.

Love reached the semifinals in 2000 before getting steamrolled by Woods, who lost in the third round Friday. Two years ago in the final, Woods beat him again in a match marred by a heckler who kept saying, "No Love," on the fifth tee as Woods was pulling away.

Not that it makes today a cinch.

"It's always better to not run up against the world No. 1," Love said. "But Geoff Ogilvy is playing great."

Ogilvy faced elimination in the quarterfinals against David Howell until a birdie on the 18th hole sent the match into overtime, where Ogilvy won with a 20-foot birdie on the 19th hole. It was his fourth consecutive victory in extra holes, an event record.

Ogilvy has played 95 holes entering today.

"There's someone on my side," Ogilvy said. "I've dodged a few bullets."

Love has had a much easier time. He never trailed against Padraig Harrington in the quarterfinals, although it required an eagle from the 18th fairway. Love has played 85 holes and trailed for only four.

"He's probably one of the best players in the world and has been for 15 years," Ogilvy said. "He's obviously playing well, as anyone would be winning five matches. I mean, anyone who wins five matches in playing pretty well. It wouldn't really matter who you face."

Love fell quickly behind Johnson, pulled even with a 12-foot birdie at No. 4 then took control on the par-5 eighth. Johnson hit into the water while trying to lay up but took his drop and stuck the next shot into 5 feet. Love rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to win the hole then hit a 5-iron from the fairway bunker to 25 feet on the ninth and made that to take a 2-up lead into the back nine.

Birdies on the 13th and 14th effectively ended the match.

Lehman had to go 21 holes to beat Chad Campbell in the quarterfinals and ran out of gas against Ogilvy.

He made bogey from the bunker on No. 5, missed a 4-foot par putt on the next hole and even his best shots were trumped by steady play from the Aussie.

Lehman tried to rally with a birdie on the 13th to get within two holes, but Ogilvy made an 18-foot birdie on the 14th.

PGA: Duffy Waldorf shot bogey-free 65 to reach 19 under, two better than Bubba Watson after three rounds of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in Arizona. Waldorf, whose last top-10 finish was a tie for seventh at the 84 Lumber Classic two years ago, had seven birdies on the front nine, including a 25-footer from the fringe at No. 7.

At the 606-yard par-5 15th, Watson, who has no bogeys in the event using a pink driver, hit a 333-yard drive, a 3-iron 263 yards and two-putted for birdie. At No. 18, he hit a 367-yard shot off the tee, setting up a 126-yard approach and a par.

NATIONWIDE: Jerrod Lyle shot 3-under 69 for a two-stroke lead after the third round of the New Zealand PGA in Christchurch. Brett Rumford, the second-round co-leader with Lyle, shot 71 and sat two ahead of Kevin Stadler (70) and Paul Marantz (68).

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