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Ernie Els regrets letting Rory walk off

Updated: March 5, 2013, 3:00 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

DORAL, Fla. -- If he had it to do over again, Ernie Els said he would have tried to talk Rory McIlroy out of withdrawing during the second round of the Honda Classic on Friday.

McIlroy, 23, who was 7 over par when he picked up his ball on the 18th green, his ninth hole of the day, walked to the parking lot and into a firestorm of controversy for quitting.

"I must say, when I shook his hand on 18, I wanted to say something to him, but I didn't, and I kind of ...

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