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KOREAN OPEN REMATCH: Rory McIlroy got a good look at quarterfinal opponent Bae Sang-moon three years ago in the final round of the Korean Open.

Bae won the event at Woo Jeong Country Club, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat fellow South Korean player Kim Dae-sub by a stroke. McIlroy had a 72 to tie for third.

“I was really impressed with him,” McIlroy said. “He’s a very good ball-striker and he played very well then. That’s the only time I’ve played with him.

“He’s been very impressive this week taking down (Ian) Poulter and Charl (Schwartzel), two of the best players. Especially, Poult is one of the best match players, and Charl, obviously, a major champion. So, he’s had a great week so far.”

McIlroy beat Miguel Angel Jimenez 3 and 1, and Bae edged John Senden 1 up in the only third-round match to reach the 18th hole.


FULL 18: Matt Kuchar finished off Martin Kaymer 4 and 3 on the 15th hole, then declined a ride to the clubhouse and played the final three holes by himself.

“I was working on a few things that I thought could be tightened up a little bit,” Kuchar said. “All in all, I feel like my game is in good form. I just wanted to play a few extra holes to familiarize myself with them.”

He will face Hunter Mahan in the quarterfinals.

“There’s not going to be any weak opponents here in this field of 64,” Kuchar said. “Hunter has been playing better and better. I know he’s going to be tough.”


DIVOTS: Bae joined K.J. Choi (2008) and Y.E. Yang (2011) as the only South Korean players to reach the quarterfinals. Choi and Yang failed to reach the semifinals. … The third-round losers received $140,000. The quarterfinal losers will get $270,000. The champion will receive $1.4 million, second-place is worth $850,000, third $600,000, and fourth $490,000.