Tiger Woods beats Rory McIlroy in initial head-to-head match-play showdown

AUSTIN, Texas — Tiger Woods withstood a assign from Rory McIlroy and weathered a nasty charge front that changed in over Austin County Club on a behind 9 to allege to a Elite Eight at a WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Woods took control of a compare with birdies on a fifth and sixth holes as bad chip shots on both by McIlroy led to losses. Woods went 3 adult when McIlroy three-putted from 32 feet on a 10th, blank a 3-footer.

McIlroy came behind with birdies on a 12th and 13th holes and seemed to be one good pitch divided from restraining a compare on a par-5 16th when crazy assimilated a group. McIlroy, after a 395-yard drive, had usually 172 yards into a immature though pushed his shot to a right and usually outward a greenside bunker.

From there, he done a 7 and conceded a hole.

As Woods eyed a 45-footer for birdie, McIlroy was 35 yards from a pin. But from an ungainly distortion and with an ungainly stance, McIlroy’s third shot flew a green, got by a throng and finished adult opposite wooden planks by a transport path. With nowhere good to dump adult there, McIlroy returned to where he took his third shot from and took his chastisement drop.

He dunked his fifth shot into a bunker, chipped to brief stretch though conceded.

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“I played flattering unchanging a whole day,” Woods said. “Felt like we didn’t give him any holes. And Rory didn’t make any putts today. we consider he done dual birdies today. It was usually a tough day all around.

“It was a fun compare for us. we know that we battled flattering tough opposite one another and we entirely enjoyed it. we was advantageous to come out on top. It was a tough compare for both of us. we mean, we knew that it was going to be a ball-striking match.

“We were both personification good entrance into this match, and a year that Rory has had, he doesn’t do anything poorly. we attempted to compare him shot for shot with ball-striking and hopefully make a integrate of putts here and there. Rory done a integrate of birdies, we usually done a integrate of birdies. It was a tough day with a conditions changing. The front came by and threw us for a small bit of a loop.”

Woods faces Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, who dispatched Henrik Stenson, 4 and 2. Bjerregaard modernized out of pool play with wins opposite Justin Thomas and Matt Wallace and a tie with Keegan Bradley.

Bjerregaard, 27, has dual victories on a European Tour – a 2017 Portugal Masters and a 2018 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

In other Elite 8 matches, Louis Oosthuizen meets Kevin Kisner, who mislaid to Bubba Watson in a finals final year. Oosthuizen degraded Marc Leishman, 2 and 1, while Kisner done discerning work of Hao Tong Li, 6 and 5.

Reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari continued his considerable hurl with a 5-and-4 subjection of Paul Casey, who won final week’s Valspar Championship. Molinari faces Kevin Na, who has overcome neck annoy all week. Na degraded universe No. 2 Justin Rose, 2 up.

Matt Kuchar, who has won twice this season, modernized with a 4-and-3 feat opposite Tyrrell Hatton. He’ll face Sergio Garcia, who kick Brendan Grace 1 up.

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