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Fisher to face Kim in World Match Play final

Ross Fisher hits out of a bunker during his semifinal victory against Angel Cabrera on Saturday.
Ross Fisher hits out of a bunker during his semifinal victory against Angel Cabrera on Saturday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ross Fisher will play Anthony Kim in the final of the World Match Play Championship in Spain
  • English golfer upsets Masters champion Angel Cabrera in third extra hole of their semifinal
  • American Ryder Cup star Kim crushes Robert Allenby 5&4 in the other semifinal
  • The duo have had tensions since Allenby's comments after losing to Kim at Presidents Cup
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(CNN) -- English golfer Ross Fisher continued his rise in prominence by upsetting Masters champion Angel Cabrera in an epic 39-hole semifinal at the World Match Play Championship in Spain on Saturday.

The 28-year-old triumphed one-up after having to play the 18th hole an extra three times, setting up a final clash with American Ryder Cup star Anthony Kim.

Kim, only playing because seven other of his higher-ranked compatriots turned down the opportunity, earlier beat Robert Allenby for the second time in a month, this time a crushing 5&4 triumph to follow up his similarly convincing win over the Australian at the Presidents Cup.

Fisher, who lost to Paul Casey in the semifinals of the Accenture World Match Play in Arizona in February, had a nervy finish after seeming to be home and hosed at two-up after 28 holes.

He lost the next three holes as his veteran two-time major-winning opponent stormed back into contention, but then won at 32 and 33 before the Argentine birdied from the rough at 18 to force the playoff.

Ath the third extra hole, Fisher hit a fairway wood to 12 feet from the pin and Cabrera conceded defeat after finding a bunker and then blasting over the green.

Fisher's home course Wentworth used to stage the tournament before it was switched to Finca Cortesin near Marbella.

"It's a shame it's not there, but this is a great venue and a great test not just of golf, but also fitness levels. I've played 93 holes already," said the player, who can move up from seventh to fourth in the European Tour money list race by winning on Sunday.

This is a great venue and a great test not just of golf, but also fitness levels. I've played 93 holes already
--Ross Fisher

Kim was at loggerheads with Allenby after the Presidents Cup, when his opponent accused him of going out drinking late at night, but they subsequently settled their differences.

There seemed to be some residual tension, however, as Kim insisted Allenby complete several short putts, and the two rarely spoke to each other.

Level with 13 holes to play, Kim won five of the next seven with three birdies and a pitch in from 101 yards for an eagle two at the 27th.

"It was such a big match for me -- it was important for me to win this. I wanted to play well," he said.

Meanwhile, Fisher's compatriot Ian Poulter saw his five-stroke halfway lead at the Singapore Open evaporate after just six holes of his third round on Saturday, before play was again suspended due to bad weather.

Poulter had earlier completed a brilliant seven-under-par 64 in his second round at Sentosa Golf Club, but then saw Thomas Levet and Japan's Kodai Ichihara join him at the top on eight-under.

Poulter dropped shots at his first and sixth holes, and suffered a double-bogey seven at the fourth, while Levet and Ichihara both carded two birdies from eight and seven holes respectively.

Ernie Els was tied for ninth on five-under, being one over the card after eight holes, while world No. 2 Phil Mickelson was tied for 26th on two-under as he was even par after 15 holes.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was well back on two-over, tied for 51st after eight holes.