AUSTIN, TX — Tiger Woods was able to grind out a victory over Rory McIlroy in the Round of 16, but bowed out of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in the quarterfinals against Lucas Bjerregaard.
Woods led Bjerregaard 2-up when he walked off the sixth green, but after losing Nos. 7 and 10, it was tied before Woods took No. 11 and a 1-up lead that lasted until No. 15 when Bjerregaard drained a 30-foot eagle putt to even things up.
Things came down to the 18th when Woods had a four-foot par putt burn the edge and refuse to drop. The putt that would have sent the match to extra holes instead saw Woods and Bjerregaard shaking hands as the latter had advanced to the semi-finals to face Matt Kuchar on Sunday morning.
“We read it inside left, left center, and the putt went left,” Woods said of his final putt. “I went back and hit it again, and it did the same thing. Just one of those weird spots.”
Next up for Woods and McIlroy will be the Masters in two weeks at Augusta National.
The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play concludes on Sunday with the semi finals in the morning and the final and third place matches in the afternoon.
In the semi-finals, Bjerregard will face Matt Kuchar and Kevin Kisner will take on Francesco Molinari.
The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play runs through Sunday at Austin Country Club. Coverage is on NBC, Golf Channel and PGA Tour LIVE.