Gary Woodland's withdrawal KOs Rory McIlroy at Match Play

Defending champion Jason Day tearfully withdrew from the Dell Technologies Match Play on Wednesday after six holes to be with his mother when she has lung cancer surgery.

McIlroy was gifted a first victory in Group Two at the Austin Country Club when Gary Woodland withdrew due to family reasons.

American Woodland, now 37 in the world rankings and runner-up in 2015, pulled out of the event in Texas due to a "personal family matter". "We ask that you respect his family's privacy at this time".

RORY MCILROY'S power game was thrown back in his face as gritty Dane Soren Kjeldsen send him crashing to a shock defeat at the Dell World Match Play Championship. "If there's a major - not a golf tournament, but a major - built for me, where I have a good shot at it, that's it".

McIlroy, the 2015 champion and a semifinalist past year, appeared to seize control against Soren Kjeldsen when he won three straight holes, but Kjeldsen ran off four straight birdies to end the match.

Jason Day, the No. 3 seed and third-ranked player in the world, withdrew on Wednesday to be with his mother when she has lung cancer surgery. Na will face off against Kevin Fitzpatrick, who he beat on Day 1, to determine who advances to the Sweet 16 from Group 6. "And it's hard enough to see another one go through it, as well".

Two-time Major victor Jordan Spieth had also been in danger of an early exit after losing his opening match, but the Texas native kept his hopes alive with a 4&2 win over Yuta Ikeda.

"I'm very pleased, but actually not happy about Gary and what's going on with Gary", he said afterwards.

Na looked set to complete a 100 per cent record when he was four up after seven holes, only to lose seven of the next eight as Wood recorded four birdies and an eagle thanks to some brilliant approach play. "I'm going to enjoy it".

"There is no telling where I would have ended up".

"I haven't even thought about it", he said. The Match Play never has been his strongest event; only once in a dozen previous visits has he made it as far as the quarterfinals, that being in 2004, when he was knocked out by Davis Love III.

United States star Jordan Spieth beat Japan's Yuta Ikeda 4 and 2 to sustain his hopes of reaching the knockout stage despite the tricky winds. I feel like I've been hitting the ball well, just haven't been scoring. "Massive performance, I think, on my part today to get that done".

"In match play, you are not adding up every shot and if you happen to hit a bad one and make a bogey or double, it's not that big a deal", Mickelson said. The wind was that strong, and it was even tougher on the greens. "With your putting, it's hard to trust out here".

  • Julie Sanders