Exit means early Masters prep for Mickelson

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):

3:00 p.m.

An early exit can be a good thing for Phil Mickelson.

Getting bounced from the Dell Technologies Match Play means an early start preparing for The Masters in two weeks. Mickelson says he’s heading straight to Augusta, Georgia, after getting eliminated in the round-robin stage and not playing on the weekend for the third time in four years.

The three-time Masters winner will spend the next three or four days in Augusta and says he’s looking forward to the chance to work on his game.

The 48-year-old Mickelson lost his first two rounds of match play but came back Friday to beat Jason Day 2-up in his final round. Mickelson was 4-up after eight holes before Day rallied. Mickelson won the match by winning two of the final three holes.


2:25 p.m.

Rory McIlroy is undefeated in round-robin pool play and is going on to the round of 16.

Tiger Woods awaits.

McIlroy and Woods will meet Saturday in the first round of elimination play. McIlroy closed out Matthew Fitzpatrick 4-and-2 in his last group match on Friday shortly after Woods beat Patrick Cantlay 4-and-2. Woods had to win to have a chance to move on in his first Match Play since 2013.

McIlroy is the No. 4 seed and Woods is No. 13 in the 64-player field. No. 1 Dustin Johnson faces Hideki Matsuyama in his final group match.


1:50 p.m.

Tiger Woods is advancing to the round of 16 with his win over Patrick Cantlay and Brandt Snedeker’s loss to Aaron Wise.

Woods seized control of his match with and eagle from 82 yards out on the par-4 13th, a hole where he hit into the water a day earlier.

Woods is the No. 13 seed and needed to win to have any chance of advancing to the weekend elimination rounds. His 4-and-2 victory and Snedeker’s 6-and-4 loss to Wise loss allowed Woods to win his group.

Henrik Stinson was the first player in the 64-player field to advance to the weekend when he beat Jim Furyk 5-and-4.

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