McIlroy through to WGC semis

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Rory McIlroy defeated Paul Casey after a marathon match that finally closed out on Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championships.

The match ebbed and flowed on Saturday and was eventually called off after 21 holes due to bad light. The duo resumed on Sunday morning, with the Northern Irishman needing only a birdie on the opening par five to edge Casey, who was not feeling well.

“I didn’t know Paul was unwell,” said the world number one on BBC Sport after the match.

“But I’ve dug out another win, so it’s made the early start worth it.”

The victory earns him a spot in the semi-finals against RCB Heritage winner Jim Furyk.

“He can be a frustrating opponent,” added McIlroy.

“I hit the ball quite a bit longer than Jim, but he doesn’t make many mistakes and I’ll have to play well.”

Meanwhile, Casey revealed he came to the first tee on Sunday feeling very under the weather, but tried his best nonetheless.

“I feel very weak,” said the Englishman.

“It’s unfortunate but in seasons as long as ours there are moments when you get sick. My expectations were low but it didn’t stop me trying. I actually hit two great shots, there.”

The other semi-final sees England’s Danny Willet up against world number 52 Gary Woodland.

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