Rory McIlroy kept alive his title hopes with a 2&1 win over Jhonattan Vegas on Thursday

Rory McIlroy revives hopes by beating Jhonattan Vegas but world No 1 Dustin Johnson crashes out of World Golf Championships in Austin

  • McIlroy kept alive his title hopes with a 2&1 win over Vegas on Thursday
  • Johnson was knocked out with a game to play after a second straight defeat
  • The world No 1 suffered a 4&3 defeat against Canada’s Adam Hadwin in Austin

Rory McIlroy’s fate at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship is in his own hands once more after he bounced back from his opening day defeat with a victory over Venezuelan slugger, Jhonattan Vegas on Thursday.

With American Brian Harman defeating McIlroy’s first day conqueror Peter Uihlein in the other group match, it means that a victory for McIlroy over the former on Friday will either see him straight through to the last 16 – or in a sudden death play-off to decide the group winner.

It’s certainly a much better fate than the one facing world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who’s going to love a final group match against American Kevin Kisner knowing that, whatever the result, he’s got no chance of making it through to the weekend.

Rory McIlroy kept alive his title hopes with a 2&1 win over Jhonattan Vegas on Thursday
Rory McIlroy kept alive his title hopes with a 2&1 win over Jhonattan Vegas on Thursday

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