Sunday, May 03, 2015

Cadillac World Match-play

McIlroy v Casey play-off continues Sunday morning, Willett through to semi-final

Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey will return to the TPC Harding Park on Sunday morning (local time) to complete their WGC – Cadillac Match Play quarter-final sudden-death play-off after darkness called a halt to their match on the third extra hole.
McIlroy had a six foot putt to seal the match on the 16th green (the third extra hole of the play-off) but it slid wide and both players agreed the light was too poor to continue. They will resume on the first hole at 06:45am (local time) on Sunday morning.
While McIlroy and Casey have still to settle their quarter-final, the winner of which will face Jim Furyk in the semis, Danny Willett continued to enjoy his dream debut as the Englishman saw off compatriots Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood en route to a semi-final clash with American Gary Woodland.
Woodland defeated Australian pair Marc Leishman and John Senden to reach the semis, while Furyk took down J B Holmes and Louis Oosthuizen.
Before Casey and McIlroy went head-to-head they respectively beat Hideki Matsuyama and Charl Schwartzel. The semi-finals and final will take place on Sunday.

Player Quotes

Rory McIlroy: "I made a couple of key up and downs when I needed to coming down the stretch. I had a couple of opportunities to close it out, one on 18 and one there and could not quite convert. It was getting pretty dark so we will come back in the morning and try again."

Paul Casey: “I dodged a couple of bullets but felt I gave him one or two. I am glad we are teeing up tomorrow, simple as that. I thought I was done for the day and the week on this green (the 16th). The beautiful thing is we hit the reset button, come back at 6:45am and start again. We looked at each other on the 15th (the second extra hole) and said 'One more'. It really was dark, whatever the TV cameras are showing, and both of us agreed."

Danny Willett: “I swung it really well today. I hit some good golf shots, putted nicely. It was a good, solid match against Tommy. You have to feel comfortable in this format - everyone is a good player. And everyone can win if they play good golf. I’m obviously delighted with how the week has gone so far.”






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