WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Rory McIlroy continues to be the man to beat

first_imgBranden Grace (40) vs. Sergio Garcia (26) Marc Leishman (17) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (19) Tiger Woods advances to WGC Match Play Round of 16 to face Rory McIlroy Matt Kuchar (23) vs. Tyrrell Hatton (35) However, no one was as compelling as Rory McIlroy.The Irish professional continues his hot streak at the Austin Country Club in Texas. McIlroy has only lost three holes through three matches. He breezed to the Round of 16 and will now face Woods, who was full of fist pumps Friday. Related News “It’s exciting for the tournament,” McIlroy said when asked about his Saturday match with Woods. “I’m sure it’s going to be exciting for us. I feel good about my game. I played well all year. I’ve continued to do that this week. So it will be exciting. It’s definitely going to be one of those ones where I need to go out there and stick to my game plan, and not really look at what he does until I maybe have to towards the end.”It will be the first time since 2008 that Woods moved into the weekend and the last time he did, he won the tournament.Woods used an impressive eagle on the par-4 13th hole to help hold his lead over Patrick Cantlay. Woods won the match, 4 & 2. TIGER. WOODS. #LiveUnderPar 🦅 pic.twitter.com/SfxpoBROoe— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 29, 2019The battles continued throughout the day.Matt Kuchar went toe-to-toe with Jon Rahm before eventually advancing with a 2-1-0 record. The two halved their round but fortune favored the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner. After surviving their playoff matches, Li and Kisner will face off in the next round. Lucas Bjerregaard will also be playing into the weekend after narrowly defeating Matt Wallace, 1 UP. Justin Rose was able to advance after defeating Gary Woodland on the back nine. Woodland tried to make a late push with a birdie on the par-4 15th hole but it wasn’t enough to steal a win from Rose.Bubba Watson, who had nothing to play for except bragging rights, defeated Jordan Spieth who was also eliminated from the event.  HaoTong Li (36) vs. Kevin Kisner (48) Justin Rose (2) vs. Kevin Na (57) WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Rory McIlroy in great position after second dominating win There were a lot of storylines from the third day at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event.Francesco Molinari advanced to the knockout round for the first time under the new match-play format, HaoTong Li survived the event’s first sudden-death playoff hole and Kevin Kisner followed in a playoff with Ian Poulter, and Tiger Woods was Tiger Woods — one of the best match-play golfers ever. Rory McIlroy (4) vs. Tiger Woods (13) Francesco Molinari (7) vs. Paul Casey (10) Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas also had early exits. Johnson moved to 1-2-0 after Hideki Matsuyama won their match, 3 & 2. Thomas halved his round with Keegan Bradley but it was enough to advance the 1-1-1 golfer. Here’s a full list of the knockout round matches: Lucas Bjerregaard (50) vs. Henrik Stenson (37)last_img read more