Jason Day withdraws from WGC-Match Play

He didn't play on Thursday when Gary Woodland withdrew for a personal matter. Day, who was three down to Pat Perez after six holes when he conceded, did not say how long he would be away from the game or whether he would be at the April 6-9 Masters. He has until 5 p.m.to decide. He has played just 13 competitive rounds this year.

Mickelson, who defeated Si woo Kim and Daniel Berger in the first two days in Austin, went 3-UP in the first three holes on Friday before securing a 4-UP margin at the turn.

The biggest battle is the wind.

Fitzpatrick was never behind in the match against Wood and last year's Ryder Cup colleague by sealing an emphatic 4 & 2 victory in bright but extremely windy conditions on the Austin Country Club course in Texas capital.

McIlroy, the 2015 champion and a semifinalist past year, appeared to seize control against Soren Kjeldsen when he won three straight holes to take the lead, including a 410-yard drive on the par-5 12th hole and another drive over the water to the edge of the green on the 317-yard 13th hole into the wind. Johnson hit his drive 380 yards (86 yards farther than Kaymer) and was left with a 60-yard chip shot.

But Kjeldsen kept hitting his wedge shots stone dead over the closing holes, and McIlroy had no answer.

The key matches on the course: Jordan Spieth has to beat Yuta Ikeda to avoid elimination. But Garcia responds with a birdie on No. 5 to get back to 1 down. Garcia entered the day 1-0-1 and Rahm at 2-0, meaning the victor will advance from a loaded Group 7.

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton also recorded his second win, beating Korea's Jeunghun Wang 2 up and can advance to the last 16 if he can get a half in his final group match against Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Others to be eliminated were Francesco Molinari, Scott Piercy, Jason Dufner and Patrick Reed.

The match continued to be in the balance when Casey won 14 with a birdie only for An to eagle 15 before Casey won 16 with a birdie and then lose 17 with a bogey. Molinari would have been Noren's opponent on Friday, but the withdrawal also locked up a 3-0 mark for Noren who did his part in getting to 2-0 just like Kjeldsen.

Jason Day and Gary Woodland previously withdrew from the tournament.

Day's mother is having lung cancer surgery on Friday. No other details were expected.

"I'm going to do my best and try and be there the best I can for her", he said, "because she is the reason that I'm playing golf today". A statement was expected later. Soren played great. I think I have to give him credit.

Kjeldsen, the world No 62, defeated Emiliano Grillo 4 and 3 to end McIlroy's hopes a day after a shock victory over the four-times major victor.

Jason Day, the No. 3 seed, withdrew on Wednesday to be with his mother when she had lung cancer surgery.

When he won the PGA Championship in 2015, the start of his rise to No. 1 in the world, Day told of watching his mother cut the lawn with a knife because they couldn't afford a lawnmower.

  • Julie Sanders