Mar 24th, 2017
Rory knocked out of World Match Play
Without throwing a punch...
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Gary Woodland's withdrawal from the WGC at Texas meant that Rory McIlroy had to rely on Emiliano Grillo beating Soren Kjeldsen to qualify for the last 16.
World number 68 Kjeldsen was in no mood to do the Northern Irishman any favours and dispatched Grillo 4&3.
Kjeldsen who was due to face Woodland in his final group match on Friday (players who were due to play against someone who withdraws get a bye), found himself two down after two holes but took control around the turn.
Woodland pulled out of the event on Thursday because of "a personal family matter".
"I'm very pleased, but actually not happy about what's going on with Gary," Soren said. "I don't know the details, but Gary is one of the nicest guys out here. So we wish him all the best, and his family all the best.
Woodland became the third player to withdraw from the event after Jason Day pulled out just three holes into his match versus Pat Perez due to his mother's illness, and Italy's Francesco Molinari who withdrew with a wrist injury after suffering a 5&3 defeat by Thongchai Jaidee on Thursday.
On-form Tyrrell Hatton recorded his second win, beating Korea's Wang Jeunghun 2 up and can advance to the last 16 if he can get a half in his final group match against Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Paul Casey will progress to the knockout stages if he if he beats South Africa's Charl Schwartzel later today. Dustin Johnson made it two wins out of two by defeating Martin Kaymer 3&2 but Danny Willett is out after getting a 6&5 pasting by Bill Haas.
Full scores here (External site – PGAtour.com)