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Tiger Woods to face Rory McIlroy Saturday

Tiger Woods received 5 of his final six holes Friday and acquired some assist from Aaron Smart to advance by means of spherical robin play on the WGC-Match Play. What’s extra, Friday’s win over Patrick Cantlay units up a blockbuster showdown Saturday: Woods vs. Rory McIlroy.

“I’ll be prepared,” Woods stated.

Going into Friday’s matches on the WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods’s probabilities of advancing by means of round-robin play didn’t look nice. When he went two right down to Patrick Cantlay by means of eight holes, his probabilities regarded even worse. However then he received the ninth gap. And the 11th. Then the 12th, too.

Then, on the quick par-Four 13th, Woods layed again off the tee with an iron, leaving himself 82 yards from the opening. In contrast, it appeared like Cantlay was the one giving himself the eagle attempt; he pulled driver and took a daring line on the pin, ending up greenside.

You already know what occurred subsequent. Woods tossed up a wedge that landed simply lengthy and proper of the pin and zipped again, trickling completely into the aspect of the cup. As he unleashed a large fist-pump in celebration, Cantlay may solely sit by and watch.

TIGER. WOODS. #LiveUnderPar 🦅 pic.twitter.com/SfxpoBROoe

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 29, 2019

Woods added a birdie to win No. 14, then one other birdie at No. 16 to shut issues out Four&2.

10th gap: Cantlay 1 UP
11th gap: All Sq.
12th gap: @TigerWoods 1 UP
13th gap: Woods 2 UP
14th gap: Woods three UP

How the tables have turned.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/y2vZ4ASrQB

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 29, 2019

McIlroy, in the meantime, entered the day in a much better place, having simply received his first two matches. He took down Matthew Fitzpatrick by the identical rating as Woods, Four&2, establishing their Candy Sixteen matchup.

The final time Woods and McIlroy squared off (although not in a match play setting) was on the Tour Championship final 12 months, when the 2 have been paired within the last group on Sunday.

“I simply hope I put up a greater struggle than I did in Atlanta final 12 months,” McIlroy stated with a smile.

“We’ve performed tournaments collectively, battled one another down the stretch at occasions, however by no means in a match-play state of affairs, so this shall be enjoyable if it really works out,” Woods stated.

“I’ve had enjoyable all three matches and sadly yesterday didn’t actually pan out the best way I needed it. However I’m advancing. I’m grateful for the format as a result of I’d be going residence yesterday. So I get an opportunity to play tomorrow morning and hopefully I can play nicely sufficient to proceed advancing.”

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