Kisner, Kuchar make it an All-American final at Match Play

AUSTIN, Texas - In a insane match that saw a comedy of errors over the final few holes, Tiger Woods prevailed 2 and 1 over Rory McIlroy when he buried a 13-foot par putt on the 17th green Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Tiger Woods finally met his match Saturday, and it wasn't Rory McIlroy.

Aaron Wise led after every hole in routing Snedeker 6&4 and Woods took care of the rest with an impressive fightback, showing the form that made him a superstar 20 years ago and helped him to WGC Match Play titles in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Then came the eagle at the 13th and another birdie at the 14th, with Woods playing a six-hole stretch from the 11th to the 16th in 6 under par.

Na beat Justin Rose 2 up, while Matt Kuchar's 4 and 3 win against Tyrrell Hatton secured him a clash with Sergio Garcia, who defeated Branden Grace 1 up. McIlroy was poised to tie the match on the 16th hole when he had a short iron for his second into a par five and made seven.

Woods hit his approach shot well short of the green and into a bunker.

And so McIlroy's first head-to-head meeting with Woods ended in disappointment.

"I laid up to make sure that I put pressure on (Cantlay) on that tee shot, if he was going to go for it", Woods said.

"At the end of the day, I'm the one that made the mistake", Garcia said. "I wanted to play tomorrow".

The 14-time major victor was riding high after defeating Rory McIlroy in the previous round while also increasing hype around his Masters hopes, but Woods lipped out with a short putt on the final hole as Bjerregaard won 1 up.

Italy's Francesco Molinari will meet American Kevin Kisner in the other semi-final at Austin Country Club. Woods didn't even have to putt to win a hole he appeared certain to lose. He closed out McIlroy with a 12-foot par putt. He built a 2-up lead with birdies at the fifth and sixth holes, then was gifted the 10th-hole when McIlroy missed a 3-footer.

He was about only 100 feet from the hole, but McIlroy pitched long, over the green, and with spectators scurrying out of the way, the ball came to rest against a wooden bulkhead.

Reigning Open champion Molinari, Europe's Ryder Cup hero in last year's triumph over the U.S. team in France, eliminated English 10th seed Paul Casey 5&4 and then beat United States 57th seed Kevin Na 6&5. He blasted to 4 feet, and when Bjerregaard missed his birdie putt, Woods had a chance to tie.

Woods admitted he misread the putt.

"Well, 16 was tough, " Woods said. Woods had to win to have a chance to move on in his first Match Play since 2013.


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