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Justin Rose has kind Pep talk as strong finish earns a half

Brit special: Rose
finished superbly,
while Woods (below)
escaped from
under a bush

JUSTIN ROSE produced a storming finish to halve his match with fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell at the WGC-Match Play in Texas.

Rose was three down with four holes to play but birdied the 15th, 17th and 18th to escape with a share of the spoils.

Olympic champion Rose will advance to the last 16 with victory over American Gary Woodland today.

‘I had a great match with Eddie, he’s such a class individual and player to the point where you almost feel sorry for doing that to him over the last few holes,’ Rose said.

Open champion Francesco Molinari enjoyed a magnificent seventh match-play victory in succession, beating Ryder Cup team-mate Thorbjorn Olesen 4&3.

With Webb Simpson and Satoshi Kodaira halving the other match in group seven, Molinari needs to avoid defeat to Simpson today to reach the next stage.

Rory McIlroy, who is in such fine form this spring, claimed a second successive victory as he saw off South Africa’s Justin Harding 3&2.

Former champion McIlroy will reach the last 16 if he avoids defeat against Matt Fitzpatrick today.

Tiger Woods will need other results to go his way to advance after losing 2&1 to Brandt Snedeker last night.

Woods will need to beat Patrick Cantlay today and hope Snedeker loses to Aaron Wise, whose 4&2 defeat to Cantlay ended his hopes of progressing further.

The former world No.1 did produce one moment of sheer inspiration, conjuring up a remarkable escape from under a bush on the tenth with a left-handed shot played on his knees. But he pulled his tee shot into the water on the 13th and crucially failed to match Snedeker’s birdie on the par-five 16th.

Elsewhere, Paul Casey bogeyed the final hole to see him halve his match against America’s Charles Howell. Henrik Stenson beat Jason Day 4&3, Jordan Spieth saw off Kevin Na 3&2, and Jim Furyk beat Phil Mickelson by one hole.