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Els Finally Has Something Go His Way in Match Play

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 22:46 Friday, 21 February 2014 22:36

Ernie Els

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

MARANA, Arizona — Ernie Els hardly ever catches a break at the Match Play Championship.

When the first edition was held in 1999 at La Costa, he was trailing Paul Azinger going to the 18th when his tee shot caught the worst of lies in the rough.

And it didn't get much better after that.

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Padraig Harrington Discloses Skin Cancer Treatment

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 22:36 Friday, 21 February 2014 22:32

Padraig Harrington

Canadian Press

DUBLIN,  Ireland (AP) — Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has disclosed he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.

The Irish golfer, whose father Patrick died from cancer, says he underwent surgery for sun spots.

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Garcia Concedes Long Putt, Falls to Fowler

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 22:30 Friday, 21 February 2014 22:19

Rickie Fowler

Canadian Press

John Nicholson (AP)

MARANA, Arizona — Rickie Fowler was lining up an 18-foot par putt on the seventh hole Friday in the Match Play Championship when Sergio Garcia interrupted him.

"He goes, 'You want a halve?'" Fowler said. "I'm like, 'What? What is he saying?' He goes, 'You want a halve? Excuse me?' 'Do you want a halve? Halve the hole?'"

Fowler took the halve, also conceding the Spaniard's 7-footer, and went on to rally for a 1-up victory at Dove Mountain.

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McDowell Praises Mahan After Match Play Win

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 22:19 Friday, 21 February 2014 22:15

Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan

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John Nicholson (AP)

MARANA, Arizona — Graeme McDowell rallied to beat Hunter Mahan in 21 holes Friday in the Match Play Championship in a rematch of their Ryder Cup-deciding match in 2010.

At Celtic Manor in Wales, Mahan was well short on the par-3 17th, flubbed a chip, and conceded a par to McDowell that gave Europe the 14½ points it needed to take back the cup.

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Another Stunning Escape for McDowell at Match Play

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 22:14 Friday, 21 February 2014 22:08

Graeme McDowell

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

MARANA, Arizona — Graeme McDowell figured his luck had run out Friday at the Match Play Championship.

After two remarkable rallies to even reach the third round, McDowell missed a pair of 8-foot putts to fall 2 down with two holes to play against Hunter Mahan, who had lost only four times in 18 matches at the Golf Club of Dove Mountain.

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