CARLSBAD, Calif. — Pushed to the limit for the first time all week, Tiger Woods advanced to the final of the Match Play Championship on Saturday by making a clutch 5-foot par putt on the 19th hole and then watching Adam Scott miss from 3 feet.
Woods will play a 36-hole match against David Toms, who also survived a scare in another nail-biter against Peter Lonard.
Toms missed 4-foot putts on the 15th and 17th holes, only to recover on the final hole by making a 10-foot birdie putt.
After 62 matches in five rounds over four days at La Costa Resort, it all comes down to Woods against Tom with a $1,050,000 check riding on the outcome.
Woods is in the final for the second time in four years. Darren Clarke beat him 4 and 3 in the 2000 tournament. A victory Sunday would give Woods another slam — the first player to win all four of the World Golf Championship events since their inception in 1999.
Earlier Saturday in the quarterfinals, Toms knocked out Jerry Kelly, 4 and 3; Lonard beat Clarke, 1-up; Scott beat Jay Haas, 2 and 1; and Woods continued to dominate his opponents with a 5-and-4 win over Scott Hoch.
CHRYSLER CLASSIC OF TUCSON: At Tucson, Ariz., Frank Lickliter II edged closer to his second PGA Tour victory, and first since a drastic makeover in his golf swing, by widening his lead to four strokes after three rounds of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Lickliter shot an unspectacular 2-under 70, but his closest competitors when the day began all faltered badly. He was at 16-under 200 through 54 holes.
Chad Campbell (63) and Steve Flesch (64) had strong third rounds to move from far back into a second-place tie with Brenden Pappas (67) at 12-under 204.
WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN: At Sydney, Australia, England's Suzanne Strudwick shot a course-record 8-under 64 in windy conditions for a share of the third-round lead in the Women's Australian Open.
Strudwick, seeking her first victory in 12 years and just the third of her career, matched compatriot Laura Davies at 10-under 206 on the Terrey Hills course. Davies had a 73.
Defending champion Karrie Webb (74) was four strokes back along with fellow Australian Rachel Teske (70), Wales' Becky Morgan (68), American Jackie Gallagher-Smith (70), Scotland's Mhairi McKay (71) and England's Joanne Morley (72).
JACOB'S CREEK OPEN: At Adelaide, Australia, American Joe Ogilvie shot an even-par 71 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Nationwide Tour's Jacob's Creek Open. Ogilvie had a 6-under 207 total on the difficult Kooyonga course. Australia's Shane Tait (67) was second.