AUSTIN, Texas – The game was equal in fame and flowering, amazingly long drives blended with Zaniness, ending on the 17th green, where Tiger Woods narrowly ended a danger – and then broke the winning par-putt.
Rory McIlroy suffered a defeat at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Saturday, a rare low point for him this year, having won two weeks ago at the Players Championship.
Woods won the Austin Country Club on 2 and 1 to advance to the quarterfinal in the afternoon against Danes Lucas Bjerregaard.
"It was a tough game for both of us," Woods said. We both played well, and in the year Rory was in, he does not do anything bad. "
" I tried to hit him with bullets and hopefully a few putts to do here and there. Rory made some birdies, I just did some birdies. It was a tough day with changing conditions. "
Woods had no trouble keeping up with McIlroy from the tee at first sight, and built a 2-lead with birdies on the fifth and sixth holes, then got the tenth hole when McIlroy made a 3-foot line
But McIlroy turned things around with his own birdies on the 1
As Woods emerge sideways out of a fairway bunker McIlroy was shot 395 yards after a bombardment on the fairway tee.
He had only 173 yards left, maybe as little as a 9-iron, but he did fluttered to the right and found himself with an awkward stance, the ball in front of a bunker, his feet in.
He was only about 100 yards from the hole, but McIlroy bumped the green and with the spectators out of the way rushed the ball came n a wooden bulkhead. After considering a drop, McIlroy made an unplayable lie, had to return to the original spot, found the front bunker and blasted out – before he conceded. Woods never hit a putt.
From a possibly fake match, Woods led two holes with two holes.
"Well, 16 was tough," Woods said. "The wind is blowing so hard it's been knocking down the ball and my ball at 17 should be against the wind, it came back in my face so it is with these hills how the fronts got through it was a tough day for us both. "
Woods ended the game after McIlroy struck an almost-long birdie putt on the 17th.
McIlroy had only lost three holes in the 3-0 when he came in. Woods was in the pool won 2-1 on Friday, beating Patrick Cantlay on Friday and defeating Aaron Wise against Brandt Snedeker.
Woods has failed in the tournament since 2008. His three wins.
McIlroy, who this year in each of his six events in the top six and having won his victory with the Players, he is credited with a ninth draw on his last start before the Masters and declined to comment later.