McIlroy on course for Westwood showdown

Updated: February 25, 2012

Rory McIlroy is through to next round of the World Match play Championship following a 3&1 win over Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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A victory in the Championship’s would propel the Northern Irish man to the World number one spot at the age of 22 however to do that he will first have to beat Bae Sang-moon and potentially Lee Westwood just to even make the final.

McIlroy will meet Bae Sang-moon in the next round after he beat John Senden. While Westwood gained revenge for his 2010 defeat to Nick Watney with a 3&2 win.

Next up for Westwood is Martin Laird, who defeated fellow Scot Paul Lawrie 3&1. Like McIlroy a win on Sunday would propel him back to world number one spot he surrendered to Luke Donald.

Westwood has yet to be taken to the final hole in any of his games so far and is feeling confident heading into the final stages of the competition telling reporters “I feel in control of nearly every part of my game.

“I did some good work on my chipping last week and played some really nice ones. It was nice to get my own back. I didn’t want to make it (losing to Watney) a habit.”

American Matt Kuchar beat last year’s runner-up Martin Kaymer 4&3, while Hunter Mahan beat fellow country man Steve Stricker by the same margin. Kuchar now faces Mahan.

European Ryder cup star Peter Hanson, beat Brandt Snedeker 5&3 and will now face another American in Mark Wilson, a surprisingly easy winner over Dustin Johnson.

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