Sunday 25 March 2018

McIlroy and Lowry both crash out of Match Play

Rory McIlroy’s fate is out of his own hands. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy’s fate is out of his own hands. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry both crashed out of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas last night.

McIlroy didn't even start his round against Gary Woodland after the American withdrew citing a "personal family matter".

While this guaranteed victory for McIlroy, it also meant that Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, who beat McIlroy on Wednesday, was guaranteed a victory in his match over Woodland scheduled for tomorrow.

All of which meant Kjeldsen went into yesterday's match against Emiliano Grillo knowing that he only needed a half to guarantee progression and he did better than that with an impressive 4&3 victory which eliminated McIlroy.

Moments earlier, Shane Lowry had no answer to the form of Spaniard Jon Rahm as he too was eliminated with one match still to play.

Lowry missed a golden chance to win his match against Sergio Garcia on Wednesday night and there was similar pain with Spain yesterday as he never led at any stage against Rahm before losing 2&1. Rahm faces Garcia today to decide who progresses from the group while Lowry faces Kevin Chappell.

Masters champion Danny Willett was eliminated with a game to spare after being thrashed 6&5 by American Bill Haas, while world number one Dustin Johnson made it two wins out of two by beating Martin Kaymer 3&2.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson also showed signs of a return to form with his second win, the left-hander beating compatriot Scott Piercy 4&3.

Irish Independent

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