Els def. Rose in 20 holes in WGC Match Play

Justin Rose is the top seed in the Gary Player bracket for the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. (shown here at last week's Northern Trust Open).

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No. 1 Gary Player bracket seed Justin Rose bows out to the sixth-seed Ernie Els in extra holes. Els made a 4 footer for birdie on the 20th hole for the victory.

We'll keep you posted on the highlights of the Rose vs. Els match right here – and scroll down for our preview coverage.

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Hole No. 20: Par 5, 574 yards

Ernie Else with a terrific third shot to win the match. His approach shot didn't roll all the way into the bunker. It got caught up in the rough on the down slope. For his third shot, Els hit it into the bank of the bunker and let it roll out to 4 feet. Justin Rose followed, but he didn't get his third shot out of the bunker. Els makes his birdie attempt.

Ernie Els def. Just Rose, 20 holes

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Hole No. 19: Par 4, 460 yards

Talk about pressure. After two approach shots on the 19th hole that landed 12 feet from the cup, Ernie Els and Justin Rose had practically the same line. Els is up first and drains it center cut. Rose follows, and he drains his for birdie, too.

THRU 19: All Square

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

A clutch putt from Justin Rose is followed by another clutch putt from Ernie Els. This is the fourth match going to extra holes today.

THRU 18: All Square

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

We're going to 18! Justin Rose has a chip shot from the front of the green and couldn't get up and down to save par. Ernie Els has just a 3 footer to win the hole and he makes it.

THRU 17: All Square

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

All Justin Rose had to do on 16 was make par and he did that. Ernie Els makes bogey. Rose, the No. 1 Gary Player bracket seed, takes a 1-up lead heading into the final two holes.

THRU 16: Rose, 1 up

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

Ernie Els' first birdie since the fourth hole came at the right time. He squares the match with the No. 1 seed in the Gary Player bracket, Justin Rose.

THRU 15: All Square

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

With even par play on Nos. 8-11, Justin Rose wins hole No. 12. Ernie Els, who is playing in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2012, made his first bogey since hole No. 6.

THRU 12: Rose, 1 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Ernie Els got off to a hot start, but is starting to make mistakes. With his third bogey in a row, and Justin Rose playing par-golf on No. 7, Rose gets this match back to all square.

THRU 7: All Square

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Ernie Els bogeyed the par-4 fifth, and Justin Rose was able to make his par putt and cut into Els' lead.

THRU 5: Els, 1 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Three under through the last two holes propels Ernie Els to a 2-up lead. Justin Rose isn't playing bad golf as he is even par through four holes.

THRU 4: Els, 2 up

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards

After reaching the green in two, Ernie Els makes an eagle. Justin Rose was in with par.

THRU 3: Els, 1 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Two major champions going against each other in this match. Erinie Els is looking to make it to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2012. Justin Rose is looking to get back to the Round of 16 for the second time in his last four years.

THRU 1: All Square

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Justin Rose

  • OWGR Rank: 5
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 7
  • 2014 PGA Tour results: 5th, WGC-HSBC Champions; T-45, Northern Trust Open
  • Match Play results (since 2009): T-17 (2013); T-33 (2012); T-17 (2011); T-33 (2009)
  • Comments: Not a sterling record over the past five years, advancing to the second round twice and bounced on Day 1 twice. Rose is coming off an injury and is still getting his bearings. Doubt Vegas is going to favor Rose highly.

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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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Wednesday's first-round coverage

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5 Things: Snedeker sneaks in; McIlroy moves on; more

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And for your morning breakfast, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship served up a trio of surprises. Rickie Fowler beating Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt eliminating Keegan Bradley? No argument there. But Bubba Watson ousting Mikko Ilonen? A surprise? If you go by stature in the game, resumes and seedings – Watson was 11th, Ilonen 54th – it surely wasn’t, but the way things turned in the American’s favor certainly was.

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Match Play preview coverage

Hole-by-hole preview of Dove Mountain, Match Play host course

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain is certainly fun to watch from home. And with match play, just about anything can happen, especially on this dramatic, rugged Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountain Range just north of Tucson, Ariz. See photos and a strategic description of all 18 holes.

Expert picks: No clear favorite at WGC Match Play

The field is stacked and this is truly the "anything-can-happen" tournament of the year, as match play seems to even the playing field in golf. With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott taking the WGC-Accenture Match Play off, a bit of intrigue might be lost, but the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter should provide some drama worth watching.

R.McIlroy tops Match Play odds; D. Johnson, J. Day close

Rory McIlroy tops the list of odds to win this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day not far behind. McIlroy is listed at 12/1 to win the tournament, with Johnson and Day at 15/1.

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