Tiger Woods was at his best. It almost wasn't enough.
He was firing at every flag he could, making birdie on every other hole, and still feeling enormous pressure from Aaron Baddeley, who held his own Friday in the Match Play Championship and twice had putts that would have sent Woods home.
"I just figured I had to make birdie to win the hole," Woods said. "If I didn't, I was going to lose the hole. It was just that simple."
Woods made his 12th birdie on the 20th hole of an electrifying match at Dove Mountain, a 13-foot putt that was so true Woods began removing his cap when the ball was a foot from going into the center of the cup.
It wasn't the first time Woods has made so many birdies, but those matches usually end quickly. This one stretched 20 holes, his longest match in nine years of this tournament.
It was devastating to Baddeley, playing head-to-head with Woods for the first time since the U.S. Open at Oakmont, when Baddeley had a two-shot lead and shot 80. That was a distant memory, for Baddeley recovered from a shaky start by making eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch, one of them conceded when Woods journeyed through the desert.
He stood over a 10-foot birdie on the 18th, a tough putt that swung sharply from right to left, and missed it under the hole. He had 12 feet for eagle and the victory on the 19th hole, and was stunned to see it turn left and burn the edge.
Woods seized his first chance with his birdie putt on the 20th hole to win the match, reaching the quarterfinals of the WGC event for the fifth time.
"I played great, you know?" Baddeley said. "I made him have to win it."
Next up for Woods is K.J. Choi, a 1-up winner over Paul Casey.
Tampa native Woody Austin easily handled Boo Weekley, 3 and 2, to advance to play defending champion Henrik Stenson.
Stewart Cink defeated Colin Montgomerie 4 and 2. Cink plays Angel Cabrera, who beat Steve Stricker 4 and 3. Justin Leonard reached the quarterfinals for the first time, beating Stuart Appleby 3 and 2. Leonard faces Vijay Singh, who rallied from 2-down with two holes to play to beat Rod Pampling on the 25th hole.
LPGA: Michelle Wie made the cut with two strokes to spare in the Fields Open, following her opening 3-under 69 with 73 that left her 10 strokes behind leader Jeong Jang with one round left in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Wie, 18, scrambled for three birdies and four bogeys, but wasn't as sharp as her opening round Thursday when she broke 70 for the first time since the Evian Masters in July 2006.
Jang had seven birdies and four bogeys in 68 to reach 12-under 132. She was a stroke ahead of Song-Hee Kim, who made several long putts for a career-best 64.
Paula Creamer (68) was third at 10 under, followed by Lindsey Wright (66). Seminole's Brittany Lincicome is 3 under.
PGA: Nick Price came to the Riviera Maya feeling good about his retooled swing. Having given up on trying to launch the ball higher, he'd already seen immediate results.
Then he arrived for the second round of the Mayakoba Classic. Feeling the stiff wind blowing off the Caribbean Sea, Price wondered whether his new trajectory could handle it.
No problem. Price shot one of the best rounds of the day in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 2-under 68 that moved him to 2-under 138, putting him into a tie for eighth and into the weekend in his first start since 2006.
"I've got to pull something out of the hat if I'm going to have a chance," Price said. "But to be honest, I'm just happy to be playing here and also to have made the cut."
While Price moved into contention, Greg Norman packed up and left after 79. He finished 9 over, missing the cut by five.
First-round leader John Merrick shot 68 to remain on top at 8-under 132. Brian Gay was a stroke back after 67.