Peter Uihlein takes down Rory McIlroy

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson denied Justin Thomas the world number one ranking by defeating his USA compatriot 3&2 in a semi-final on Sunday at the WGC Match-Play Championship.

Watson never trailed in their semifinal match Sunday morning and pulled away early on the back nine. McIlroy's comeback stalled when he missed a birdie putt from the fringe at the 17th, and Peter Uihlein won, 2 and 1.

Justin Thomas and Sergio Garcia booked their place in the last 16 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are out.

World number 39 Watson will play the victor of the match between Sweden's Alex Noren and USA's Kevin Kisner.

Kim used his driver off the deck, from 270 yards out and in the rough on top of the bank on the right of the par-4 14th hole of the Players Stadium Course to set up a two-putt par during the third round of The Players Championship. Woods, a three-time champion, has won 33 matches.

"I was planning of going out of the country for a few days with the family as my son has a spring break", said Watson. Yesterday I could feel it after the round with my driver.

Lefthander Watson, who won the US Masters in 2012 and 2014, is working his way back into good form after a lean spell saw his world ranking drop to 117th early this year.

"I don't think it would have been that tough to beat me today".

The other Asians in the Match Play suffered losses on day two.

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The Rural Fire Service tweeted on Monday, March 19, that easing conditions overnight had slowed the spread of the bushfire . The fast-moving fire engulfed the New South Wales (NSW) coastal town of Tathra late on Sunday local time.

United Kingdom and European Union agree on terms for Brexit
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"The last three years I've played well, not well enough, and hopefully I put the last piece of the puzzle in there this year and get it done".

McIlroy will at least have the consolation of some desired extra time off before stepping up his bid for a first Masters title at Augusta National, which would make him the sixth player to complete a career Grand Slam.

Justin Thomas meets Si Woo Kim while England's Tyrrell Hatton beat Brendan Steele in a playoff and now faces Australian Cameron Smith.

"I couldn't stop thinking about it, to be perfectly honest", Thomas said. Such a feeling was perhaps inevitable; the 28-year-old's eye-catching triumph at Bay Hill on Sunday was his first in 18 months.

"I haven't had such a hard time not thinking about something so much".

"On to Augusta", said Garcia, who is not playing next week's Houston Open.

"But I need to get there".

The world's second-ranked player was almost ideal the rest of the way, regaining the lead with three birdies in four holes starting at No. 5 and closing Stanley out with a bogey-free finish.

"It's just the mental focus, trying to make sure I'm in every shot, committed to every shot", Watson said of the secret to his week's success.


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