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Friday 9 December 2016

Rory moves into semis

WORLD number one Rory McIlroy needed just one hole yesterday to beat Paul Casey and belatedly complete the semi-final line-up in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

While Danny Willett, Gary Woodland and Jim Furyk all enjoyed comfortable victories on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals, McIlroy and Casey could not be separated after 21 holes of their quarter-final.

Casey was one up with two holes to play only to three-putt the 17th, while both players missed chances to win in extra holes before agreeing it was too dark to continue.

Play resumed at 6:45am local time yesterday and McIlroy two-putted from around 90 feet on the par-five first for a winning birdie after Casey was unable to get up and down from heavy rough after his three-wood approach ran through the green.

That meant top seed McIlroy advanced to face fifth seed Furyk in the last four, with Willett taking on Woodland in the first semi-final.

Casey had been sick overnight but refused to use that as an excuse.

"I saw my lunch again last night and just (felt) very weak, although I hit two great shots into the first and got a very sticky lie at the back of the green. But I have nothing to complain about, I had an opportunity yesterday and did not shut the door."

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