Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy had a 2&1 victory over Jhonattan Vegas on day two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play yesterday..
McIlroy, who lost to Peter Uihlein on day one, never trailed in the contest and was three up with three to play, but still had to hole from six feet for par on the 17th to avoid being taken down the last.
The 2015 champion could still win the group by beating Brian Harmantoday, although he would face a play-off with Uihlein if the American beats the already-eliminated Vegas.
McIlroy came into the week on the back of his win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday and told Sky Sports: “I could have done with that extra day.
“You win on a Sunday and usually you’re teeing it back up on a Thursday but you have to start on a Wednesday here.
“I did feel a bit flat on Wednesday coming back out here. I don’t want to use that as an excuse, Peter played great, but there’s sometimes a little bit of a hangover and I was tired.
“This is my sixth week out of seven as well so I’m looking forward to hopefully getting through to the weekend here but then putting the clubs away for a couple of days before getting ready for Augusta,” he added,
But World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson crashed out of the event after suffering his second straight defeat.
The 33-year-old lost to Bernd Wiesberger on the opening day and then had a 4&3 defeat to Canada’s Adam Hadwin yesterday.