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Donald, Kaymer even at the turn of Match Play


AP Golf Writer

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald played through sleet and snow and remained even halfway through the Match Play Championship final.

Donald has played 82 holes of this tournament without trailing. He took a 1-up lead with an 18-foot birdie putt on the second hole, then won the fourth and fifth holes to go 3 up. Kaymer responded by winning three of the next four holes, taking the ninth when Donald's approach hit a desert bush.

Snow covered The Ritz-Carlton Club course Sunday morning, though it had melted when the match began. But on the fourth hole, sleet came down with such force that play was halted 10 minutes until the fairways went from white sleet to green grass.

Whatever the outcome, Kaymer is assured golf's No. 1 ranking.

Updated February 27, 2011

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