"The first night I went on my own, which was kind of fun," Fowler said after his 1-up win over Jim Furyk. "My mom and sister came in on Tuesday, so made them go with me. And I guess we're going to continue that. It's been working. I'll be going on a hike a little later this afternoon and go hang out up there and just relax and watch the sunset and go down and have some dinner at the hotel."
Fowler said it's about a 25-minute hike. Once they get to the top, they send pictures and used FaceTime with friends.
"It's just a fun way to relax and enjoy the afternoon," he said.
MIC CHECK: Jordan Spieth had to aim away from the hole from a bunker on the par-5 second. The idea was to splash out with some side spin, catch the fringe and have the ball trickle toward the hole.
It worked except for one tiny detail — he forgot to have the TV microphone removed.
The ball struck the base of the microphone and stayed there. Spieth could only get up-and-down for par, and Els two-putted for birdie to win the hole.
A WORLD AFFAIR: For only the third time in 16 years of the Match Play Championship, the semifinalists are from four continents — Australia (Jason Day), Africa (Ernie Els), Europe (Victor Dubuisson) and North America (Rickie Fowler).
Those four continents also were involved in 2007 (Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman, Henrik Stenson and Chad Campbell).
The first time it happened was in 2001 in Melbourne, when the semifinalists were from North America (American Steve Stricker), Africa (Els), Europe (Pierre Fulke) and Asia (Japan's Toru Taniguchi).
DIVOTS: At 44, Ernie Els is the oldest player to reach the semifinals in the Match Play Championship. The oldest winner was Kevin Sutherland, who was 37 when he won in 2002. ... Victor Dubuisson is the 11th player to reach the semifinals in his Match Play debut. That includes the four semifinalists from the inaugural year in 1999. Geoff Ogilvy and Jeff Maggert are the only players to win in their first year. ... Dubuisson has played 67 holes this week, the fewest of the four players remaining.