McIlroy, Spieth advance at WGC Match Play

Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:52pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Jordan Spieth won their matches on Thursday to set up mouth-watering showdowns for a place in the last-16 at the WGC-Match Play Championship.

McIlroy took care of Brandt Snedeker 2-up to set up a grudge match with FedExCup champion Billy Horschel as the American won 3&2 over Jason Dufner to leave both men 2-0 in group play heading into Friday's head-to-head at TPC Harding Park.

World number two Spieth was too good for fellow American Matt Every 4&3 leaving him with a do-or-die clash with England’s 26th seed Lee Westwood.

McIlroy seemed comfortably in control of the match at 2-up through 10 holes but Snedeker rallied with birdies on 11 and 12 to square the match.

McIlroy wrestled the lead back with a birdie on the 15th before closing it out on the 18th hole.

"I did what I needed to do against Brandt today. I felt like I played very solid tee to green and made a few birdies so that's nice," said McIlroy.

"The match tomorrow, it's win or go home.

“Billy seems like he's playing well. I’m looking forward to it. It's do or die."   Continued...

Apr 30, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off at the ninth hole during day two of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park.  Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports