Here is how things are playing out on Day 3 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 16 players will advance to the match-play portion of the event. Group 2: Soren Kjeldsen (62) def. Gary Woodland (33), conceded: Woodland withdrew prior to the start of Day 2, citing a family emergency. The victory moved Kjledsen to 3-0-0 in pool play and also moved him into Round of 16 match play. Group 3: Marc Leishman (28) def. Jason Day (3), conceded: Day withdrew from the event on Wednesday to be with his mother, who is battling lung cancer and scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday. Leishman moves to 2-1-0 and now waits to see what happens in the Lee Westwood (1-1-0) and Pat Perez (2-0-0) match, to see
What looked, from the outside, like another innocuous Wednesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship turned into a heart-wrenching one for all involved. Jason Day, the defending champion, walked off the course after six holes in his first round match against Pat Perez, revealing afterwards that his mother was battling lung cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday. “So I just need some time away with her to make sure that everything goes well because this has been very, very tough for me. So I’m going to do my best and try and be there the best I can for her because she is the reason that I’m playing golf today. … I’m hoping for a speedy recovery for her, and we can
Rory McIlroy rarely has played so well and had so little to show for it. No matter what happens Friday in the Dell Technologies Match Play, McIlroy won't be around for the weekend. That's not unusual for this event. Four times when Match Play was single elimination, he didn't make it out of the second round. But this week was as strange as it gets for the No. 2 player in the world. He played 17 holes on Wednesday, most of them good. McIlroy was 4-under par and would have beaten most players in the opening round, except that Soren Kjeldsen closed with four straight birdies, the last one a pitching wedge that landed 2 inches from the cup on one of the toughest little par 3s in Texas. No shame there.