Els def. Gallacher in 19 holes in WGC Match Play

Ernie Els during pro-am day at the PGA Tour's 2014 Northern Trust Open.

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Stephen Gallacher and Ernie Els took their match to the 19th hole, and it was Els coming away with victory.

We kept you posted on the highlights of the Els vs. Gallacher match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.

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Hole No. 19: Par 4, 460 yards

Els takes the final match of the day on the 19th hole after Gallacher misses a par putt form 10 feet.

ELS WINS, 19 HOLES:

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

And we're going extra holes after Gallacher misses a birdie putt at the 18th that would have won the match.

THRU 18 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Els wins the par-4 17th for his second straight hole victory, and he's now all square with Gallacher heading into the 18th.

THRU 17 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

After three straight halves, Gallacher birdies the 15th to go 2 up on Els.

THRU 15 HOLES: Gallacher, 2 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Els gets one back with a bogey to win the par-5 11th.

THRU 11 HOLES: Gallacher, 1 up

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Gallacher has the lead again after a par at the ninth for just his second hole victory of the match.

THRU 9 HOLES: Gallacher, 1 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Els birdies the par-4 seventh to win his first hole of the day and even the match back up.

THRU 7 HOLES: All square

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

After the third hole is halved with birdies, Gallacher pars the par-4 fourth to take the first lead of the match.

THRU 4 HOLES: Gallacher, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

The final match of the day is halved with pars.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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  • Ernie Els

  • OWGR Rank: 34
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 68
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-47, CIMB Classic; T-11, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-35, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013); T-17 (2012); T-17 (2011); T-17 (2010); T-5 (2009)
  • Comments: Last year was the first year the Big Easy didn't win at least one match. He's made three cuts in as many starts during the 2014 PGA Tour season, so don't be quick to pick against him in the first round.

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  • Stephen Gallacher

  • OWGR Rank: 37
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 80
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: T-63, HSBC Champions
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-33 (2013)
  • Comments: Gallacher's recent victory at the Dubai Desert Classic gives him some momentum entering Match Play.

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