Tiger upsets Rory to reach Match Play semis

Tiger Woods beat Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 on Saturday morning to advance to the quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.
Woods, the No. 13 seed in the event, will face Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (50) in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon for a place in the final four.
“I’m looking forward to the match,” Woods told PGA Tour radio. “I’m happy to be advancing. A quick bite to eat and get back out there.”
The fourth-seeded McIlroy was the favorite entering Saturday’s marquee matchup after blowing through group play with a 3-0-0 record, while Woods needed a victory on Friday and some help to reach the knockout rounds.
The heavyweight matchup did not alway feature elite golf, but it was not short on drama.
After halving each of the first four holes, Woods gained his first lead with a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole and extended the margin to 2-up on the following hole.
“He hadn’t trailed in a match yet, so getting that lead was big,” Woods said.
McIlroy struggled to make many putts on the font nine, then missed the green on No. 10 to fall behind by three holes. The Northern Irishman fought back, with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 before Woods got one back when McIlroy conceded the 16th hole.
Woods missed the green on No. 17, but McIlroy left the door open when he narrowly missed his birdie putt. Woods executed an excellent up and down, draining a 13-foot par putt to close out the match.
–Derek Harper (@DerekAHarper), Field Level Media

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