Marana - Ernie Els hardly ever catches a break at the Match Play Championship.
He lost in the second round a year later to Bob Estes by missing a 4-foot putt on the last hole. He once blew a 3-up lead against Tom Lehman and missed a 4-foot putt on the 19th hole. And even the Big Easy could only laugh the year Phil Tataurangi buried a 25-foot putt on the bumpy greens of La Costa to force extra holes and beat him in 20.
Next up for Els is another major champion, Jason Dufner.
In other news, fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen triumphed over Henrik Stenson.
Swede Stenson, seeded one this week, never led before going down 4&3
to South African Louis Oosthuizen while fourth-seeded Northern Irishman
McIlroy lost a see-sawing encounter with American Harris English after
"I played pretty solid
today," Oosthuizen said. "I just kept it together. Henrik didn't start
very well and I made an early lead. I'm playing well. I'm just trying to
keep the ball in play so that I'm in every hole I'm playing."Round three scores:
Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) beat Webb Simpson (US) 5 and 4
Jason Day (Australia) beat George Coetzee (South Africa) 3 and 1
Jim Furyk (US) beat Harris English (US) by 1 hole
Rickie Fowler (US) beat Sergio Garcia (Spain) by 1 hole
Ernie Els (South Africa) beat Jason Dufner (US) by 1 hole
Jordan Spieth (US) beat Matt Kuchar (US) 2 and 1
Graeme McDowell (Britain) beat Hunter Mahan (US) at hole 21
Victor Dubuisson (France) beat Bubba Watson (US) by 1 hole