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's he saying?' He goes, '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 win at Dove Mountain (Ariz.).
"I'm thinking, 'I kind of want to just play it out there, but I'd be stupid not to take a halve. I'm twice the distance he is.' " Fowler said.
Garcia made the gesture after feeling guilty about taking a long time to make two drops away from bees on No. 6.
"This is a gentleman's game, and lately it hasn't felt like it's been like that," Garcia said.
Fowler was OK with the time Garcia took on the drops.
"There were quite a few bees around the sprinkler head. It wasn't exactly a safe situation," Fowler said. "I've gotten to know Sergio quite a bit over the last year. We've had a lot of fun playing together."
Fowler took the lead on the par-3 16th, holing a 15-foot birdie putt. They halved 17 with pars, and Fowler won with a 4-foot birdie putt on 18.
Garcia was asked if he regretted the conceded putt. "No, not at all," he said.
Fowler will face Jim Furyk in the quarterfinals. Furyk beat Harris English 1 up.
Graeme McDowell pulled off another improbable escape by winning the last two holes to force overtime against Hunter Mahan, making a 20-foot par putt to extend the match and winning it with a birdie on the 21st hole.
"Nine lives have been used up, and then some," said McDowell, who'll face Victor Dubuisson. Dubuisson won the first two holes and beat Bubba Watson 2 and 1.
Ernie Els knocked off PGA champion Jason Dufner 1 up. Next up is Jordan Spieth, who ousted defending champion Matt Kuchar 2 and 1. Also, Jason Day beat George Coetzee 3 and 1, and Louis Oosthuizen was 6 under through 14 holes in beating Webb Simpson 5 and 4.
LPGA: Anna Nordqvist made two late bogeys at the rainy LPGA Thailand, leaving her a shot ahead after two rounds in Chonburi. She had an even-par 72 to remain 6 under. Sandra Gal (70), Julieta Granada (68) and Azahara Munoz (68) shared second.
Stacy Lewis (69) and Michelle Wie (73) were 4 under.