Tiger Woods to meet Rory McIlroy in last 16 at WGC

Tiger Woods to meet Rory McIlroy in last 16 at WGC

Tiger Woods to meet Rory McIlroy in last 16 at WGC

Rory McIlroy maintained his impressive form in the countdown to the Masters with a second straight victory in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play but could yet miss out on an eagerly-anticipated showdown with Tiger Woods.

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.

His reward is a mouth-watering Round of 16 match up with PLAYERS Champion Rory McIlroy at Austin Country Club after the Northern Irishman beat Matthew Fitzpatrick 4 and 2 to go 3-0 in his group.

"I was fortunate enough to have won my match, and then I needed to have two things happen", Woods said.

Although Woods has never played 38-year-old American Snedeker in match play, he has outscored him in 12 of the 13 PGA Tour rounds in which they've been paired together. Watson had lost his opening match to Kevin Na on the final hole when he failed to get out a greenside bunker and snatched his ball while it was still moving to concede the match. Wise won the first hole of the day to go 1-up and never trailed all afternoon, extending his lead to 5-up by No. 13.

In a change in format this year, the 64 players have been divided into 16 groups of four. Woods and Snedeker are scheduled to tee off at 11:32 a.m. Woods hasn't competed in Texas since 2005, and he hasn't been in the Match Play since 2013. I feel good about my game.

Watson still has an important match to play Friday when he goes off against local favorite Jordan Spieth, who is still in contention for the weekend. And then he turned a chance to tie the match into another loss when he three-putted from 20 feet on the 15th.

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Thanks to his victory on Friday over Patrick Cantlay, which assured him a spot in the knockout stages this weekend, he now can count on four rounds and maybe more.

Woods said he never paid attention to the other match until his was almost over because "I needed to take care of my own match". And although there were several key points in the Woods-Cantlay match, the hole-out for eagle was huge, as it helped Woods erase a 2-down deficit through 8 holes and go 2-up with just five to play.

"Just got hot right when I needed it", Woods said.

"I don't know if you call it justice on the last".

Perhaps the biggest upset of the day belonged to Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard, who whipped fifth-ranked Justin Thomas 3 and 2. In the other match, Jim Furyk rallied from three down to beat Jason Day on the 18th hole.

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

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