Dubuisson def. Els 1 up in WGC Match Play semi

Ernie Els during the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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Ernie Els will take on Victor Dubuisson in the semifinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Sunday in Marana, Ariz. Els advanced to the semis behind a win over Jordan Spieth, while Dubuisson outlasted Graeme McDowell.

We'll keep you updated on Els vs. Dubuisson all day long – and scroll down for our tournament coverage to date:

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 480 yards

Both players find the fairway here – and neither finds the green. From the left-side bunker, Els lofts it on line with the pin but a ridge in the middle of the green keeps him from getting to sure-fire par-putt range. Dubuisson, from the back-right collar, putts to tap-in range – but with the match on the line, Els does not concede. From about 12 feet, Els then runs it by on the right side – and then concedes. Dubuisson advances past the veteran despite a shaky start that saw him 3 down through four holes.

"I didn't sleep very well last night, so I slept like 1 hour; this morning I woke up and realized that I was playing against Ernie Els," Dubuisson tells Golf Channel, comparing him to Tiger Woods as a favorite. "The day before, I was like, "You play well, just play your game . . . On the first tee (today), I shake hands with Ernie, and I wasn't feeling comfortable. I was watching him like I am very impressed."

DUBUISSON WINS, 1 UP

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 482 yards

Both player find the front left of a deep green with the pin at the back, turning this one into a putting duel. Els is slightly away and lags close over a ridge, nicely done. Dubuisson doesn't find the quite the same line, but also lags inside 5 feet. Still away, Dubuisson converts and hasn't three-putted in 71 holes, and with Els' putt conceded the match heads to the 18th.

THRU 17: All Square

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 199 yards

Both players find the green here, but Els is well right of the pin while Dubuisson hits to about 10-12 feet just behind the pin. But Els drains his long, somewhat unlikely birdie putt for a big lift. Dubuisson slides his putt past on the right side, about a ball width outside the cup, and we've got a brand new match here.

THRU 16: All Square

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 343 yards

A pair of short birdie looks at the par-4 15th, with Els just missing his putt and Dubuisson cashing in on the opportunity.

THRU 15: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 449 yards

Dubuisson has had the hot hand recently in this match, but misses his approach here and hits a poor chip that rolls back to the front of the green – leaving a long par putt to the pin toward the back. Els, meanwhile, hits his approach to about 12 feet or so. When Dubuisson's par effort rolls well past the hole, he concedes.

THRU 14: All Square

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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 583 yards

Els sticks his approach nearly nearly to tap-in range, but Dubuisson answers with a mid-length birdie putt that negates Els' chance and protects the lead.

THRU 13: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 219 yards

At the par-3 12th, Els misses and Dubuisson hits it hole high on the green. Els gets a free drop from the grandstand and chips to about 5 feet or a little more. Dubuisson two-putts and Els misses, putting the Frenchman ahead for the first time today.

THRU 12: Dubuisson, 1 up

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 659 yards

Dubuisson chips close at the par-5 11th and Els follows by missing a birdie putt, then conceding his opponent's tap-in. The South African's lead, which was 3 up through four holes, is gone.

THRU 11: All square

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 476 yards

Els misses the green left at the par-4 ninth, though not badly. No matter, though, as Dubuisson gives himself a birdie try that he converts – and for the first time since the second hole is only 1 back of Els.

THRU 9: Els, 1 up

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Hole No. 8: Par 5, 576 yards

At the par-5 eighth, Dubuisson wedges inside 5 feet with his approach, while Els misses the green – then sees his chip run well right of the hole. Els misses his putt, Dubuisson makes and the Frenchman cuts his deficit a bit.

THRU 8: Els, 2 up

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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 486 yards

Trouble off the tee again has Dubuisson short of the green on his approach, and his pitch leaves him with a long par try. Els earns a birdie look with his approach, but just misses left. Dubuisson then makes a much-needed par to avoid losing another hole and whatever momentum he has gathered with a couple of recent steady pars

THRU 7: Els, 3 up

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Hole No. 6: Par 3, 185 yards

The focus again turns to Dubiusson – as Els misses short and left while Dubuisson hits to maybe 20-25 feet for a birdie try. Els chips inside 10 feet and Dubuisson two-putts for par – then Els completes an up-and-down to maintain his comfortable lead

THRU 6: Els, 3 up

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 536 yards

Dubuisson badly needs a break here, and gives himself a makeable birdie putt – as does Els. Both rolls narrowly miss and Dubuisson must settle for halving with a par that can perhaps steady him a bit.

THRU 5: Els, 3 up

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards

Both players find trouble off the tee, Dubuisson more wildly so. He struggles to recover, while Els gets greenside in two, and the Frenchman picks up to give Els an even bigger lead.

THRU 4: Els, 3 up

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 574 yards

Els has a chance to win another hole with a birdie putt of about 6-8 feet, and he converts for a quick two-hole cushion over the young Frenchman.

THRU 2: Els, 2 up

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 460 yards

Ernie Els wins this hole with a simple par after Dubuisson finds a bunker off the tee and then fails to hold on the green on his approach.

THRU 1: Els, 1 up

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Thursday's second-round coverage

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