Soren Kjeldsen and Alex Noren took care of business and advanced early after two more players withdrew from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship on Thursday.
Gary Woodland became the second player to withdraw in as many days from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship.
Here is the statement from Woodland’s agent, Mark Steinberg:
“Due to a personal family matter, Gary Woodland must withdraw from the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. We ask that you respect his family’s privacy at this time.”
While Rory McIlroy could have helped his own cause, Woodland’s withdrawal played a role in his elimination from the tournament on Thursday. McIlroy got an automatic win by virtue of Woodland’s withdrawal, but because he lost to Soren Kjeldsen in his opener, Kjeldsen won Group 2 after beating Emiliano Grillo.
Kjeldsen was scheduled to play Woodland on Friday, but Woodland’s withdrawal solidified a 3-0 record for him.
Similarly, Alex Noren also advanced early after Francesco Molinari had to withdraw due to a wrist injury. Molinari would have been Noren’s opponent on Friday, but the withdrawal also locked up a 3-0 mark for Noren who did his part in getting to 2-0 just like Kjeldsen.
Jason Day withdrew on Wednesday to be by his mother’s side as she fights lung cancer.
h/t: espn.com, pgatour.com