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)
Rory McIlroy looks set to end a run of three missed cuts in the US Open after opening with a rock-solid 68 at Pebble Beach on Thursday.
Brooks Koepka’s chances of a historic third straight US Open title are still alive after he ended the first round just four shots back.
Tiger Woods was happy to salvage a one-under-par 70 in tricky conditions on the opening day of the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Justin Rose equalled the lowest US Open round ever shot at Pebble Beach, a six-under 65, to take a one-shot lead after the opening round.
The United States Golf Association admits that it can’t afford a repeat of past mishaps at this week’s US Open at Pebble Beach.
Brooks Koepka hardly needed any further motivation ahead of his US Open defence this week, but he just got it anyway.
Rory McIlroy doesn’t want to be behind the eightball after the first round of a major championship again at Pebble Beach this week.