Tiger beats McIlroy at WGC-Match Play but is then upset by Bjerregaard
Tiger Woods beat Rory McIlroy in the last 16 of the WGC Match Play Championship only to be upset by Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard in Saturday’s quarter-finals.
14-time major winner Woods, seeking a fourth WGC Match Play title, defeated McIlroy 2&1 in a morning knockout match only to fall 1-up to the 50th-seeded Bjerregaard, dropping the 18th hole when he missed a four-foot par putt.
Denmark’s Bjerregaard will now face 23rd seed Matt Kuchar in the semi-final on Sunday at the Austin Country Club.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari, the highest remaining seed at seventh, will meet US 48th seed and last year’s runner-up Kevin Kisner, in Sunday’s other morning semi-final with the championship final to be played in the afternoon.
Europe’s Ryder Cup hero in last year’s triumph over the US team in France, Molinari eliminated English 10th seed Paul Casey 5&4 and then beat US 57th seed Kevin Na 6&5 later in the day.
Results from Saturday’s matches at the WGC-Match Play Championship
Round of 16 results
Tiger Woods (USA x13) bt Rory McIlroy (NIR x4) 2&1
Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN x50) bt Henrik Stenson (SWE x37) 3&2
Matt Kuchar (USA x23) bt Tyrrell Hatton (ENG x35) 4&3
Sergio Garcia (ESP x26) bt Branden Grace (RSA x40) 1-up
Louis Oosthuizen (RSA x19) bt Marc Leishman (AUS x17) 2&1
Kevin Kisner (USA x48) bt Li Haotong (CHN x36) 6&5
Francesco Molinari (ITA x7) bt Paul Casey (ENG x10) 5&4
Kevin Na (USA x57) bt Justin Rose (ENG x2) 2-up
Kevin Kisner (USA x48) bt Louis Oosthuizen (RSA x19) 2&1
Francesco Molinari (ITA x7) by Kevin Na (USA x57) 6&5
Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN x50) bt Tiger Woods (USA x13) 1-up
Matt Kuchar (USA x23) bt Sergio Garcia (ESP x26) 2-up
Francesco Molinari (ITA x7) v Kevin Kisner (USA x48)
Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN x50) v Matt Kuchar (USA x23)
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