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It was his 35-foot putt against Mickelson on the 17th hole at Medinah that was the most critical toward Europe’s stunning rally on the final day.

“I definitely would like to ride that wave of momentum and confidence,” Rose said. “There was a couple of matches in Turkey that I pulled off a shot when I had to. Obviously, the Ryder Cup I pulled off a shot when I had to. It’s always a bit of fortune to hit the right shot at the right time.”

That’s what the Match Play Championship ultimately is all about _ good fortune, and good golf helps create that fortune.

Mahan, who defeated McIlroy in the championship match last year, was asked what he learned about being successful in match play.

“You have to play good,” he said. “That’s the only thing that matters.”