Campbell will play for the title Sunday against 11th-seeded Paul McGinley of Ireland, who defeated second-seeded Angel Cabrera of Argentina 4 and 3.

Goosen did not have a birdie in the first 11 holes as his bid for the first prize of $1.8 million – the biggest in golf – vanished. After two matches, he had been a combined 17 under after playing 54 holes. Campbell was 2 under after 73.

“I played terrible,” Goosen said. “I just didn’t make a putt and was wayward off the tee and missed a lot of fairways. Michael got on a roll at the start, but if I had played a bit of a game out there it would have been nice.”

The South African had beaten Kenneth Ferrie 9 and 8 and Mark Hensby by a record-tying 12 and 11 in his first two matches.

Campbell had a tougher time in the early rounds, needing 37 holes to beat Steve Elkington on Friday. He looked good Saturday, though.

“This morning I came up strong,” the New Zealander said.

His eagle at the fourth was conceded and his three birdies came on putts of 6, 20 and 7 feet.

“I knew I had to play well today,” Campbell said. “I enjoyed beating the two-time U.S. Open champion. But I have another job tomorrow. … I just have to recharge the batteries.”

Goosen won the 17th with a birdie but Campbell restored his five-hole lead with a birdie at the 531-yard 18th and kept the pressure on after the break. Campbell made four more birdies before finishing with a par at the 30th.

“Retief’s a good friend of mine and a great player,” Campbell said. “But he didn’t really fire at all today.”

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