Els, Na and Cabrera-Bello earn spots as Accenture Match Play field is set

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Ernie Els skipped the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but his gamble paid off.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012 | 7:55 p.m.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Ernie Els can plan on a trip to Arizona for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship -- just barely.

Sunday was the final day to qualify for the first World Golf Championship of the year, and the Accenture Match Play takes the top 64 players off the world ranking. Pebble Beach winner Phil Mickelson has already said he is not playing that week, so Els gets the final spot at No. 65.

Els narrowly finished ahead of George Coetzee, a fellow South African, who is at No. 66. Coetzee still might get in if Paul Casey, recovering from a shoulder injury, decides not to play at Dove Mountain.

Luke Donald is the No. 1 seed.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic winner Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Kevin Na, who tied for fifth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, played their way into the Match Play on Sunday.