Rory McIlroy gifted win after Gary Woodland’s withdrawal
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Rory McIlroy was awarded his match against Gary Woodland at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club in Texas. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy was gifted victory in his second match in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play after Thursday’s scheduled opponent Gary Woodland withdrew due to a “personal family matter”.
A day after defending champion Jason Day pulled out of the event to spend time with his mother as she undergoes treatment for lung cancer, Woodland also withdrew ahead of his group two clash with McIlroy at Austin Country Club.
A statement released by his management company read: “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.”