We’ll be following all of the action, shot-by-shot, as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy square off in the Round of 16 match Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Follow along below.
Hole 6: Par 5, 597 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:30 a.m.): Got a little leaky with the driver there and Tiger misses the fairway to the right. Rory hits the fairway with another nice tee shot so he’ll have a slight advantage on the approach.
Hole 5: Par 4, 343 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:19 a.m.): Not bad at all. Confident swing with the driver after Rory landed his tee shot just short of the green, and Woods answers with another on-target drive. It’ll be a chipping contest from here and feels like we’re due for one of these guys to scare the cup.
AROUND THE GREEN (10:24 a.m.): Rory goes first and sticks it close, he shouldn’t have any trouble finishing off a birdie from there. Tiger answers with a beaut’ of his own and put it inside of McIlroy’s ball. Looks like a pair of birdies coming up but we’ll see if there are any signs of nerves with either putter.
ON THE GREEN (10:27 a.m.): Wow. Surprising miss by Rory from 7 feet and Woods needs to capitalize. He does just that with a firm birdie roll and Tiger strikes first. This is fun.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-up thru 5
Hole 4: Par 3, 189 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:07 a.m.): That. Will. Work. Best swing of the day and a great look at birdie, put it in the proper window to land pin high and looks to be about 10 feet for birdie from there. McIlroy put a good strike on it as well but was just a touch short, his ball rolled back to leave a lengthier uphill birdie putt. Tiger definitely thinking about taking the early advantage here.
ON THE GREEN (10:13 a.m.): Man. Tiger played a lot of break on that 9-footer and missed it on the pro side. Another par to keep things all square and Tiger will be kicking himself on the way to the fifth tee.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Tied thru 4
Hole 3: Par 4, 423 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:55 a.m.): Beauty. Pumps one out there with a wood to the right side of the fairway and will have no complaints as he walks up to the ball. McIlroy looked concerned about his ball but it takes a favorable hop off a hill and bounces into the fairway in a similar position. Both players are about 150-160 yards out. Let’s see who’s feeling good with the short irons early.
APPROACH SHOT (9:59 a.m.): Nicely done. Lands it long into a front pin location, ball rolls off a mound near the back of the green toward the flag and settles about pin high, maybe 15 feet. McIlroy puts it a few feet outside of that and will give Woods a nice look on their birdie tries.
ON THE GREEN: Nice roll from Rory but he leaves it an inch or two short. So Tiger got a nice preview of his birdie try on the same line but he misses just below the cup. Left one out there at the third as our two combatants trade pars yet again.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Tied thru 3
Hole 2: Par 4, 461 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:42 a.m.): McIlroy tees off first and finds a fairway bunker, so Woods adjusts and takes a fairway wood. Didn’t like it and missed the fairway to the left but the lie shouldn’t be too bad.
APPROACH SHOT (9:48 a.m.): Had to hit off an awkward sidehill lie and gets a clean strike, onto the green and 20 feet past the hole. Rory hits into a frontside bunker and it’s advantage Tiger.
ON THE GREEN (9:52 a.m.): Another narrow miss on the birdie try and Woods gets in for par. Rory left himself 12 feet for par and drills it, so that’s a big halve for McIlroy and gives him the early momentum.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Tied thru 2
Hole 1: Par 4, 401 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:31 a.m.): Big swing of the driver for Tiger and he pipes one down the left side of the fairway. Rory right there as well and both guys will have about 50 yards in to get this thing started. Time to show off with the wedges.
APPROACH SHOT: (9:37 a.m.): Bad bounce short of the flag and it skips well past the flag, leaving about 20-25 feet for birdie. McIlroy went long too but should get a good look at his roll after Tiger putts.
ON THE GREEN (9:40 a.m.): Good pace but just misses the line, McIlroy gives him that putt. McIlroy missed his birdie try as well so we’re off with a pair of pars.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Tied thru 1
Tiger Woods is set to square off with Rory McIlroy in an epic Round of 16 matchup at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.
The match gets underway at 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Woods is a heavy underdog in Las Vegas, listed at +130 odds. He got to the weekend thanks to an impressive comeback win over Patrick Cantlay Friday, which included a hole-out eagle to spark the turnaround and advance in his first Match Play appearance since 2013. Woods also defeated reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Aaron Wise on Wednesday and lost to Brandt Snedeker Thursday for a 2-1-0 group play record.
McIlroy had no problem getting past his group, posting a 3-0-0 record against Luke List, Justin Harding and Matt Wallace.