Match-by-match results: WGC-Cadillac semifinals

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After the quick conclusion of the quarterfinals Sunday morning, the field of 64 was narrowed to its final four. See how the semifnal matches played out at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship:

SEMIFINALS

(1) Rory McIlroy def. (5) Jim Furyk, 1 up

A match in which neither player led by more than a hole, McIlroy, just as he did Saturday night vs. Paul Casey, entered the par-3 17th trailing and in need of a spark to avoid elimination.

With Furyk safely in the middle of the green, McIlroy took aim at the front-left pin position and hit a 7-iron from 194 yards to 4 feet. The world No. 1 rolled in his birdie putt, returning the match to all square heading to the par-5 18th.

Off the tee at the closing hole, Furyk appeared to have the advantage after finding the fairway and watching McIlroy miss in the right rough. But the typically steady veteran hit a poor hybrid into the thick rough short and left of the green, while McIlroy found the front left side of the green.

After Furyk ran his pitch well by the hole, McIlroy finished him off him with a 44-foot eagle bomb.

McIlroy played the final three holes 4 under to make his second WGC-Match Play final. Furyk, despite giving the world's top-ranked player all he could handle, moves on to the consolation match.


(50) Gary Woodland def. (48) Danny Willett, 3 and 2

Willett led for the opening six holes but three consecutive birdies from Woodland took the long-driving American from 2 down through five to all square through seven. A Willett bogey on eight gave Woodland a lead he'd never relinquish.

Despite appearing to tweak his back on the 12th tee and falling to 2 down after another Woodland birdie, Willett took the par-3 13th with a birdie-2. Unfortunately for the Englishman, his surprise run through the tournament was finally halted by a three-putt on the 14th green and a 14-foot par save from Woodland on 15, knocking Willett back to 2 down and keeping him there.

The match reached its conclusion with a Woodland birdie on 16, sending No. 50 in the world to the finals and Willett to the consolation match.

Whether he finishes third or fourth, this will be Willett's best finish in the United States. He had previously made two top-25s in 12 PGA Tour starts, including one earlier this year at Doral in another WGC event.

Woodland is now one win away from his first Tour victory since the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open. He played his 16 holes in the semifinals a bogey-free 5 under and is 11 under in his last 35 holes at Harding Park.