Ernie Els scored close victories over Scott Drummond and Angel Cabrera yesterday to move into the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship in Virginia Water, England, and remain on course for a record sixth title.

Els defeated Drummond, 2 and 1, in a first-round match that was completed early yesterday. He then defeated Cabrera, 1 up, in the quarterfinals.

Padraig Harrington edged Thomas Levet, 1 up, in another quarterfinal, and Lee Westwood defeated Retief Goosen, 2 and 1. The fourth quarterfinal was halted by darkness, with Miguel Angel Jimenez leading Bernhard Langer 3 up after 28 holes of the 36-hole match.

Els drove poorly in the first 18 against Cabrera and went out of bounds twice at the 17th. But he improved in the second 18.

"This afternoon I started swinging like I wanted to," Els said.

* PGA TOUR: Brent Geiberger finished with a bogey-free 67 in the second round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro in North Carolina, and his 11-under-par 133 was one shot better than David Toms (65), Tom Pernice Jr. (68) and journeyman Jeff Brehaut (66).

"It's only Friday," Geiberger said. "It's one of those things you just don't get too caught up in."

At 144th on the money list, Geiberger needs a good week to avoid returning to qualifying school for the first time since 1996. His lone career victory came at Hartford in 1999.

* LPGA TOUR: Grace Park followed her sensational first round with a 5-under 67 and opened a four-shot lead midway through the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif.

Park, who had perhaps the best round of her career when she shot a 62 to begin the tournament, went to 15-under 129 through 36 holes at Bighorn Golf Club.

Shi Hyun Ahn, like Park a native of South Korea, and Karen Stupples matched 65s and were tied for second.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Kite, even after the front nine, made five birdies over his next seven holes for a 5-under 66 in the first round of the SBC Championship in San Antonio.

Kite's round left him tied with playing partner Tom Jenkins, Dave Stockton and James Mason.

-- From News Services