Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Fatigued Rory McIlroy bows out of Match Play after Harman defeat

Jordan Spieth right watches his drive on the eighth hole as playing partner Patrick Reed looks on as well during round-robin play at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament Friday Fatigued Rory McIlroy bows out of Match Play after Harman defeat
Shannon Reynolds | 24 March, 2018, 10:30

The round-of-16 matches will be played Saturday morning, followed by the quarter-finals in the afternoon. I was two under on the back nine and trying to press but Brian just played really, really well. "I could post a serious number". He was 7-under through 14 holes when the match came to an end. Harman's lead of 3up at the turn was to prove insurmountable to McIlroy, who will head to Augusta next midweek to continue with Masters preparations.

Harman, who ended the group stage unbeaten with two and a half points from three matches, told PGA Tour Live: "You can actually gain a little bit of an advantage if you're first coming into the green and for me I've played with Rory enough times to know that I can't keep up with him off the tee box".

"Rory did not play his best golf today but I played extremely well", two-times PGA Tour victor Harman told Golf Channel. "I'm proud of the way I came out".

"It was not the result I wanted and especially after what happened last week, that takes it out of you being in contention, and all that mental energy", he said. "He hits it a mile".

Other top players who didn't make it past group play included world number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson, former world number one Jason Day, five-time major victor Phil Mickelson and Spain's Jon Rahm.

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Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. The Aggies have now reached the Sweet 16 six times in program history, but were seeking their first Elite Eight appearance.

Turkish forces neutralise 12 terrorists in Iraq
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned the attack by Turkish forces that killed a number of civilians in northern Iraq. Turkish authorities use the word "neutralized" when militants are either killed or captured or when they surrender.

McIlroy said he never fully recharged after his emotional win at Bay Hill last week and will now prepare for the Masters with two social rounds in Augusta later next week.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia beat Xander Schauffele to make if three wins from three and faces Kyle Stanley next, Stanley beating Paul Casey on the second play-off hole after beating Russell Henley and Casey's earlier loss to Matt Fitzpatrick.

Phil Mickelson saw off Rafa Cabrera-Bello by a hole but, like McIlroy, was to suffer an early exit.

Thailand's 28th-seeded Kiradech Aphibarnrat booked a last-16 clash with Howell with a 4&3 victory over third seed Rahm, who had already been eliminated and finished the week winless.

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