the knockout stage today.
After losing to Dane Soren Kjeldsen on Wednesday, McIlroy got a win on Thursday when his scheduled opponent Gary Woodland withdrew, citing personal family reasons.
Even with that walkover, however, McIlroy still needed Kjeldsen to lose his second match to have any chance of advancing out of the round-robin group stage.
But Kjeldsen duly shut the door on the Northern Irishman, beating Argentine Emiliano Grillo 4&3 on Thursday to improve to 20-0.
Kjeldsen said he relished the went back to some simple feels and played awesome.”
Sharing fourth on 68 were France’s Karine Icher, Americans tough conditions.
“I’m brought up in this,” he said. “The way I play golf, I like to shape shots, like to change the trajectory. When I saw it being windy today I was really happy.”
Swede Alexander Noren is also guaranteed of being part of the sweet 16, after beating Austrian Bernd Wiesberger 3&2.
McIlroy was not the only highlyranked player eliminated from the final 16 with World No 4Hideki Matsuyama also making an early exit after losing to Englishman Ross Fisher 2&1.
The wind caused all sorts of problems and a watery grave for many a ball, even a shank by American Charles Howell, who had no problem assigning the blame to the conditions.
“(It was) difficult enough to cause a shank,” he said after escaping with a 1-up win over Alison Lee and Marissa Steen, South Korea’s Lee Mi-Rim and Kim Hyo-Joo and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn. AFP Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Phil Mickelson, who improved to 2-0-0 thanks to a 5&4 thumping of fellow American Daniel Berger, said it was fortunate that the match play format was being used rather than stroke play, given the c o n d itions.
“Given the severity of the greens and so forth, certainly there are holes we’re going to look ridiculous on,” he said after chipping clean across a green into a water hazard.
“I think it’s fun and it’s great for match play because you don’t worry about the stroke. It’s just relative to your opponent.” Reuters
The way I play golf, I like to shape shots, like to change the trajectory. When I saw it being windy today I was really happy.
Lydia Ko struggled with her putting in the KIA Classic in Carlsbad, California on Thursday.