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Day falls just short against world No.1 in quarter-finals


Jason Day has continued his terrific revival by battling into the quarter-finals of the final WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that’s where his involvement in Texas finished after coming up agonisingly short against world No.1 Scottie Scheffler.

Hopes of two Australians featuring in the last eight of the prestigious $US20 million ($30 million) event were ended on Saturday in the US when Lucas Herbert played superbly, only to be out-duelled by Rory McIlroy in a high-quality last-16 clash.

Jason Day fell just short in the quarter-finals.Credit:Getty Images

Later, Day held nothing back against local hero and reigning champion Scheffler, who had to win the last two holes to come from behind to beat J.T. Poston one-up in his previous tie.

Day, winner of the event in his heyday in 2014 and 2016, made three birdies and an eagle in the first six holes for a three-up lead, but as he did in the morning, Scheffler proved himself fully capable of a dynamic rally.

It began with a winning par at No.8, followed by a winning 29-foot birdie at the par-four ninth to trail by one at the turn. The next two holes were tied with pars, before Scheffler levelled the match with a two-putt birdie at the par-five 12th.

Scheffler also birdied the par-four 13th, his two-putt par won No.14 and Day stood two-down with two holes to play.

The Masters and Players champ sealed the deal at the short par-three 17th, stuffing a wedge to tap-in range for a conceded birdie.

Scheffler will face compatriot and good friend Sam Burns in the final four after the world No.13 beat Canadian Mackenzie Hughes three and two.

Day had previously ended the adventures of US milestone man Matt Kuchar, winning one-up after a tight contest.

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