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Kaymer, Donald in Match Play final

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 06:19 PM
MARANA, Ariz. -

Martin Kaymer is the new No. 1 in golf, this time without much debate.

Kaymer calmly rolled in an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole Saturday for a 1-up victory over Bubba Watson to advance to the final of the Match Play Championship. That was all he needed to move to No. 1 in the next world ranking.

The 26-year-old German becomes the second-youngest player to be No. 1 since the ranking began in 1986. Tiger Woods was 21 when he reached No. 1 in June 1997.

It ends the 17-week reign of Lee Westwood, who had only three wins on his world ranking ledger when he became No. 1.

Kaymer has won seven times in the past two years, including his first major in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits when he beat Watson in a three-hole playoff.

And another big win might not be too far away.

With his 1-up victory, Kaymer advanced to the championship match today against Luke Donald, who set an Accenture Match Play Championship record by needing only 73 holes in five matches to get to the last match.

Kaymer, though, already has reason to celebrate.

"It's obviously very special for me to be the second German," he said of the world ranking. Bernhard Langer was the first player to be No. 1 when the ranking debuted at the 1986 Masters. He stayed there for only three weeks.

Even so, more hard work awaits.

No one has been more dominant at Dove Mountain than Donald, who has yet to trail in any of his five matches. Donald only had to play 27 holes in his quarterfinal win over Ryan Moore and his demolition of Matt Kuchar in the semifinals.

PGA TOUR: Johnson Wagner shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Stroud after the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Wagner had a 13-under 200 total on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course on the Caribbean coast. Stroud, the second-round leader after making eight straight birdies in a 63, shot a 70.

Bobby Gates (64), Spencer Levin (67) and Jarrod Lyle (67) were 11 under.

LPGA TOUR: Chie Arimura shot a 1-under 71 for a one-shotlead over Karrie Webb after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

Arimura had two birdies and one bogey for an 11-under 205. Webb shot a 70.

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