Australian star Jason Day made a tearful withdrawal Wednesday from the World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play to be with his cancer-stricken mother.
As the day drew to a close, McIlroy's 410-yard drive was beaten by Spaniard Jon Rahm as he hammered his tee shot a huge 416-yard's in his first round match against American Kevin Chappell, eventually winning the tie 3 and 2. Jordan Spieth (5) lost on the 16th hole to Hideto Tanihara, who was making his Match Play debut.
There is no telling where I would have ended up.
Day's agent, Bud Martin, told the assembled media that Day tried to play out of a responsibility to his fans and the tournament and because his mother asked him. Spieth didn't win a hole until the 14th - with a bogey - and Spieth gave him the next hole when his wedge sailed over the 15th green. "Soren played great", said McIlroy.
The best record from the 16 four-man groups advance to the knockout stage on Saturday. "I said, 'The news seems to be getting better".
Hideki Matsuyama (No. 4) wasn't all that happy, either.
"It's really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now, because of what she has gone through", he said. He had five birdies in his opening eight holes and there wasn't much Webb Simpson could do, but try to extend the match as long as he could.
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Kjeldsen, who had captured his first for four European Tour titles with victory in the 2003 Diageo Championship at Gleneagles, took it right to McIlroy from the outset scoring a morale-boosting 1up lead in holing a 15-foot birdie at the first after McIlroy had sent his drive into right rough.
"It's been very, very emotional, as you can tell". "I was actually thinking about this driving to the course this morning".
England's Paul Casey defeated Joost Luiten of the Netherlands 2&1 in Group 12 where South Africa's Charl Schwartzel thrashed An Byeong-Hun of South Korea 6&5. On the following hole, he double-bogeyed the par-5 sixth, and conceded the match.
Jason Day will take an indefinite break from golf in order to be with his mother as she prepares to have cancer surgery, the world number three has confirmed. The move to the America was seen as a positive; the family felt hopeful after meeting with US doctors that her condition could possibly be manageable moving forward, said Day's manager, Bud Martin.
"The prognosis was more positive and they (doctors) are going to do surgery on Friday".