Darkness finally defeated Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey in their quarter-final game at the WGC Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.
After 21 holes could not separate Rory and Paul, the impending darkness did, forcing the pair from the TPC Harding Park course. All square after 18 holes they moved into a sudden death play-off, for a spot in the semi-finals, against Jim Furyk.
The late start and the extra holes preventing Rory from taking his seat at the MayPac fight in Las Vegas. He had a chance to snatch victory at the third play-off attempt at the 16th hole, he blamed the deepening gloom for missing the putt;
“Probably, this obviously could have been avoided if we went off a little earlier.”
“But it’s just the position that I’m in.”
“That’s fine. I have to do it. It’s the position I’m in and I’ll be here at 6:45 in the morning.”
“I’ll try and come out fast and win that hole and try to advance to the last four.”
Paul was ducking and diving, but could have won it in regular time, but missed an 8ft putt on the 17th;
“I dodged a couple of bullets, but I also felt like I gave him one, too. I’m glad we’re teeing off tomorrow, simple as that.”
The quarterfinal playoff will resume early at No. 1 hole on Sunday morning, with the winner advancing to play Jim Furyk in the semifinals.
Jim defeated Louis Oosthuizen 4 & 2, while Gary Woodland dispatched John Senden 5 & 3. Tommy Fleetwood was on the wrong side of a 4 & 3 defeat to countryman Danny Willett.
Danny will face Gary in the semi’s, and Jim will have to wait to see who he has for an opponent on Sunday morning.
Jim said he likes the new format;
“I think there can be tweaks, but I like the format better than in the past.”
“That’s a little bit of a homer thing, too, because I’ve never made it this far.”
As Rory could not make it to Vegas for the big fight, he had to watch it in the media center.