Woodland WDs from Match Play for 'family matter'


AUSTIN, Texas – Gary Woodland withdrew from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play before his Day 2 match against Rory McIlroy, citing a “family matter” according to his manager Mark Steinberg.

Woodland defeated Emiliano Grillo on Day 1, 3 and 2, and was scheduled to tee off at 2:16 p.m. for his second match.

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Because of Woodland’s withdrawal, Soren Kjeldsen, who upset McIlroy on Wednesday, needs to only halve his match against Grillo to assure he advances out of group play and earns a spot in the Sweet 16, which begins on Saturday.

It was a similar situation following Jason Day’s withdrawal on Wednesday, with Marc Leishman needing to win his Day 2 match against Pat Perez to advance.