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He was one hole behind with two holes remaining when Rose made a bogey on the 17th hole to square the match. That’s when Els showed, at least Thursday, that he wants it.

First, the Big Easy faced a tricky 6-foot par putt to extend the match on the 18th hole.

“I’ve hit that putt so many times. I just guessed right,” Els said. “For once, I made it. I’ve missed it many other times.”

On the first extra hole, No. 1, he stood on the crest of the hill and watched Rose hit his approach to 10 feet. Els hit his shot in nearly the exact location, and then poured it into the cup for birdie. Rose made his birdie putt, too.

But it looked as though the ghosts of Match Play returned to play tricks with Els‘ mind. With Rose in the bunker left of the green on the par-5 second hole, Els smashed a 5-iron right into the sun. He couldn’t see where it was going, but figured it was good.

It wasn’t. The ball curled around the edge of the bunker and stayed on the slope of the brown collar.

“An impossible shot,” Els said.

He thought about lofting a chip onto the green and let it ride a ridge behind the cup back toward the hole for a reasonable look at birdie. He caught it slightly thin. The ball went into the bank of the green and trickled down to 4 feet, a tremendous outcome.

Rose left his shot in the bunker, and Els made the birdie putt to advance.

“It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime shots, really,” Els said.

He was due for one of those.

Next up for Els is another major champion, Jason Dufner, who rallied to beat Matteo Manassero.

In other matches Friday:

- Sergio Garcia, the top seed remaining at No. 5, takes on Rickie Fowler, who already has beaten match-play wizard Ian Poulter and Jimmy Walker, one of the hottest players in golf.

- Harris English took out Rory McIlroy in 19 holes and now plays hometown favorite Jim Furyk, who went to Arizona.

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