Semi-Finals Update — World Golf Championships — Cadillac Match Play — TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California —
After a 22-hole tight victory over Paul Casey that was suspended late Saturday for darkness and picked back up Sunday morning, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy forged into the Semi-Finals of the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Match Play.
McIlroy, who knocked out Hideki Matsuyama earlier Saturday morning 6&5, advanced to play Jim Furyk in one semi-final match. Rory was 1-UP through three holes in the early going before Furyk squared the match at No. 4. While in the second semi Danny Willett leads Gary Woodland 2-UP through five holes.
Furyk is the most-recent winner of the four with a worldwide victory. He captured the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head just two weeks ago for his 17th career PGA Tour title and his first since 2012 –the season he captured the FedEx Cup. He opened the week as a 33-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com. He has to battle to a 2-1 record to make it through his Group 5 play and advance to the weekend.
Rory, who is certainly the favorite at 10-1 odds to start the week, has yet to drop a match this week going 3-0 in Group play before his wins over Matsuyama and Casey.
The other side of the bracket features the underdogs.
Willett, who plays primarily on the European Tour and won the Nedbank Challenge in December, leads Woodland at the moment. Willett entered the week as the 49th seed and went 3-0 in his Group play coming out of the Patrick Reed-led Group 15. He edged Lee Westwood and then Tommy Fleetwood 4&3 to reach semis. At 125-1 odds, he might be in over his head but it’s a golden opportunity to shoot up the Official World Golf Rankings.
For Woodland, the long hitting American came into the week at 100-1. He was 3-0 in a Group that featured Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson and Jimmy Walker before beating Marc Leishman and John Senden 5&3 to arrive in Sunday’s matches.
Other Golf news:
- The WGC-Cadillac Match Play will move to Texas next year. Austin Country Club, a Pete Dye layout, will host.
- Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson (9-under) worked their ways into the final pairing Sunday at the LPGA Tour’s Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout. The duo tee off just ahead of Karrie Webb and Angel Stanford — both at 8-under par. Second-round leader and 17-year-old Brooke Henderson is also 8-under and a shot back. She tees in the third-to-last group with Cristie Kerr.
- At 10-under, Michael Allen has a one-shot lead over Joe Durant heading into the final round of the Insperity Invitational on the Champions Tour.
- Casey was battling food poisoning late Saturday night and struggled when returning to his match Sunday morning against Rory.
- Stacy Lewis is T-8 in Texas and four back heading into the final round. She will need an amazing effort and help to win for the first time since June last year. Since her last victory, Lewis has seen Park win twice and Lydia Ko (T-41 at the moment this week) capture four wins.