3/31/2019 11:46:51 AM

Tiger loses to Bjerregaard in WGC Match Play quarterfinal

Tiger loses to Bjerregaard in WGC Match Play quarterfinal

Washington, USA: Tiger Woods won a dramatic morning showdown with Rory McIlroy only to be upset by Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard in Saturday's quarter-finals of the WGC Match Play Championship.

Woods, a 14-time major champion seeking a fourth WGC Match Play title, defeated McIlroy 2&1 in a morning knockout match only to fall 1-up to the 50th-seeded Dane, dropping the 18th hole when he missed a four-foot par putt.

"We read it inside left center and it went left," Woods said. "It was just one of those weird spots. It's match play. They are going to put the pins in difficult spots and we just have to make the shots."

Bjerregaard, who will face US 23rd seed Matt Kuchar in a semi-final Sunday, marveled at his achievement and the crowds Woods drew to Austin (Texas) Country Club.

"We had a great match. It's a shame it had to end like this," Bjerregaard said. "I enjoyed playing with him. It was a cool experience. To say I've beaten Tiger, it's right up there.

"It's so different to what I've ever experienced before. I've never heard so many yells, his name all the way around. It was really enjoyable but it must be hard to do that every day."

Italy's Francesco Molinari, the highest remaining seed at seventh, will meet US 48th seed Kevin Kisner, last year's runner-up to Bubba Watson, in Sunday's other morning semi-final to set up an 18-hole afternoon championship final.

 

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