Tiger Woods to meet Rory McIlroy in last 16 at WGC

Kisner happy with 'casual' approach in Match Play final win

Kisner happy with 'casual' approach in Match Play final win

Tiger Woods has ignited the World Golf Championships-Match Play with a stunning hole-out eagle from the fairway during a third-round win, booking a dream showdown with Rory McIlroy in Texas.

Over a four-hole stretch, Woods went birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie that flipped a 1-hole deficit into a three-hole lead with five to play.

Three-time Match Play victor Woods - making his first appearance in the round-robin format rather than the previous single-elimination set-up - advanced from Group 13.

But on Friday, Woods rebounded to beat Patrick Cantlay and advance out of pool play, thanks to an 83-yard wedge shot he made at the 13th hole.

McIlroy, the 2015 victor, continued his 100% start with four front nine birdies in a 4&2 win over Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Brandt Snedeker, who beat Woods on Thursday, would have won the group with a victory over the already-eliminated Aaron Wise, only for Wise to thrash his compatriot 6&4.

It gets even better: Next up for Woods is Rory McIlroy, the hottest player in golf. "We've battled each other down the stretch before, but never in a match-play situation".

Garcia Kuchar address WGC Match Play misunderstanding

But he rallied and played the next six holes in 6 under to move on to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2008 (when he also won the tournament).

"I was fortunate enough to have things go my way", Woods told Sky Sports. "I didn't have much of a game that day". It's exciting for the tournament. "It's going to be a great match and I am excited". I feel comfortable with my game, I'm driving it as good as I ever have, I've tidied up my iron play and I've found something with the putter that feels really good. I played well all year.

As footage uploaded to the PGA Tour's Twitter account shows, the 43-year-old golfer had to bend down to his knees and aim the club the wrong way to hit the ball from the shrubbery, and, despite the difficulty of it all, Woods still managed to get the ball just four feet from the hole.

Woods followed with birdies at 14 and 16.

Stenson prefers single elimination to group play, one reason he has skipped the Match Play the last three years.

"I got scrappy toward the end but I'm through and I'm looking forward to tomorrow".

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