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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The semifinals of the 100th Kansas City Match Play Championship action had a quick start as Ryne Fisher got off to an early lead over Steve Groom, going one up on the second hole.
Fisher maintained that through the front nine as he finished two up heading towards the back nine. Steve Groom cut the lead to one up until Fisher caught fire, winning the 14th and 15th holes to defeat Groom 3 and 2 and advance to the finals.
The second match of the semifinals was Alex Springer vs. Hank Simpson. Simpson got off to an early lead as he finished the front nine 4 up. As the back nine started, Simpson extended his lead to 5 up on the 10th hole, but Springer made the match exciting as he won four holes heading into the 17th with Simpson two up. Simpson and Springer halved the 17th hole, allowing Simpson to advance to the finals winning 2 and 1.
The final match of the 100th Kansas City Match Play Championship was between Ryne Fisher and Hank Simpson. Fisher and Simpson were battling back and forth through the first six holes as Fisher was one up, before the two competitors had to wait an hour and a half for the storm to pass.
Fisher maintained a one hole lead through the back nine and they went to the 18th with the match still in the balance. Both players found the left rough on 18, but Fisher was able to find the green with his approach. Fisher’s par was good enough to lock up the championship, 2-up.
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