McIlroy advances to face Woods in round of 16

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Rory McIlroy remained unbeaten, Tiger Woods suffered a critical loss and defending champion Bubba Watson and two-time victor Jason Day were eliminated at the WGC-Match Play Championship.

A week that began with a loss ended with the biggest victory of Kisner's career when he beat Matt Kuchar in the championship match Sunday, 3 and 2, at Austin Country Club.

Kisner became the first player to win Match Play after losing in the championship match the previous year.

"I didn't put up much of a fight in Atlanta a year ago at the Tour Championship, so hopefully I give him a better match tomorrow".

Woods, the 13th seed, never trailed in the showcase opening match between the two former world number ones, building a three-hole advantage over McIlroy by the 10th hole.

Overlooked in all this drama was British Open champion Francesco Molinari, who has steamrolled his way into the semifinals.

Wind and rain struck on the back nine but Woods weathered the storm to stay in contention for his fourth WGC Match Play crown and first since 2008. "You've got to give me a little time to calm down".

McIlroy, a four-time major victor who can complete a Career Grand Slam in two weeks by winnings the Masters, could have jumped to world No. 1 by winning the title after a Players Championship win two weeks ago.

"It's a shame it had to end like this", Bjerregaard said.

"I'm playing under pressure more often in this tournament than I would be on a second round of a regular event because you feel like it's you have to beat that guy or you go home", Spieth said.

McIlroy won all three of his round robin matches, as has he had done on route to victory in 2015, and was conceded his match against Fitzgerald when the Englishman sent his drive into water left of the par-5 16th. I've won on every tour, every level.

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"I've been seeing these Paspalum greens pretty well early in the week, but I've been working on some routine stuff the last couple weeks", McDowell said.

On his knee, swinging left-handed under a bush with the clubhead upside down to dig the ball out of dirt and leaves, Tiger Woods knocked it to 5 feet to save par. "But to lose twice in a day, that hurts". Snedeker closed out the 2-and-1 victory on the 17th green.

Hataoka finished at 18-under 270.

Winless in 12 months, Inbee Park had a 71 to miss a chance for her 20th LPGA Tour victory.

The tournament has not been kind to defending champions since it moved to Austin in 2016. A 38-foot birdie putt at 17 by Grace proved the difference after Johnson missed a 17-foot birdie putt at 18. Stroud bogeyed the final two holes in a 69.

The 54-year-old Sutherland rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 second with a birdie on the par-3 third and also birdied the par-3 eighth.

"It's good to finally get one against him".

The second straight all-American final resulted in a sixth consecutive USA victory in the World Golf Championships.

But Woods roared back to life, winning holes three through four to take the lead and extend it to two up through six holes. But Gallacher's late recovery saw him post a final round of 71 to win his first title since 2014.

The 14-time major victor was three up after 11 holes but looked set to be pegged back to all square by the 16th, only for McIlroy to lose his head and surrender all the momentum.

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