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Rory McIlroy exits from Match Play after Wilson defeat

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy could only produce one birdie in his 20 holes

Rory McIlroy bowed out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play on Thursday after being edged out by England's Oliver Wilson at the second extra hole.

McIlroy fought back from two down with five to play to force the extra holes after bravely holing a 10 footer on 18.

The Northern Irishman then had a great chance to seal victory on the 19th but his eight-foot birdie putt lipped out.

Wilson birdied the 20th after almost holing a chip and McIlroy failed to match his four as the match ended.

"I didn't deserve to win today," said a disappointed McIlroy after the match.

"I only made one birdie all day and I didn't take my chances when they did come."

McIlroy, who reached the last eight on his debut 12 months ago, had recovered from four down to beat American Kevin Na on the opening day.

The Northern Irishman was behind again when Wilson chipped to four feet at the long second.

Wilson, still searching for his first professional victory despite being part of Europe's last Ryder Cup side, bogeyed the sixth and seventh to fall behind and was in danger of losing the long eighth as well.

However, McIlroy went over the green from a greenside bunker and ran up a bogey six to fall back on level terms.

Birdie fours on the 11th and 13th put Wilson two up but a bogey was enough to give McIlroy the 15th after both players found the rocks with their approaches.

A McIlroy birdie on 15 then levelled the match but the world number eight had to sink a 10 footer for par on the 18th to send the match down the 19th.

McIlroy looked set to clinch victory at the first extra hole but his eight-foot birdie attempt failed to drop.

After finding a fairway bunker at the 20th, McIlroy left his third shot at the par five just short of the green and after Wilson's chip for eagle had lipped out, the handshake followed as the world number eight missed his long-range birdie attempt.



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