McElroy out early in Match Play

Pat Perez was 1 up through 14 over Marc Leishman.

World number four Hideki Matsuyama was also mathematically eliminated from the round-of-16, losing to Englishman Ross Fisher 2&1 a day after halving his opening match. Four times when Match Play was single elimination, he didn't make it out of the second round.

"Hard to comprehend being on the golf course right now, with what she's going through", said a tearful Day, who struggled to maintain his composure as he met with reporters after conceding his match at the Austin Country Club. Noren beat No. 36 Bernd Wiesberger of Austria 3 and 2, and with No. 25 Francesco Molinari of Italy pulling out of the tournament following a 5-and-3 defeat to No. 57 Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Noren is through to the next round.

JASON Day has repeatedly said he would not have become world number one without his mother, Dening, and now he's walking away from golf to look after her.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson continued his unbeaten start to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as Rory McIlroy suffered an early exit without playing a hole on Thursday. No other details were expected. A tearful Jason Day addresses the media during a Press conference after withdrawing from round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play on Wednesday due to an illness in the family. A statement was expected later.

Win, and never mind simply the prospect of moving on to the weekend play in this mega-bucks event, Fisher would nearly certainly guarantee himself a last-minute invitation to the Masters next month. A year ago at the Match Play, he tweaked his back in the opening round and wasn't sure he would be able to continue.

EARLY EXIT: Jason Day (3) withdrew after six holes because he wanted to be home in OH for his mother's surgery Friday for lung cancer.

Two matches, two blowout victories. The idea was to keep it interesting until the last day of group play, though there is nothing particularly interesting for four matches where the victor ends up losing - the others are McIlroy and Grillo, Byeong Hun An against Joost Luiten, Shane Lowry against Kevin Chappell. He beat Kevin Kisner by the same margin on Wednesday. Koepka has closed out both his matches on the 13th hole.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson also showed signs of a return to form with his second win, the left-hander beating compatriot Scott Piercy 4&3. McIlroy did it that year when he won The Open Championship, Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.

  • Julie Sanders