McIlroy, who made only four birdies in narrowly getting out of group play, ran off four birdies in eight holes for a 5-up lead, and the Japanese star could never recover. Next up for McIlroy was
"Definitely the best I've played scoring-wise," McIlroy said. "I was able to take advantage of some of the good shots I was hitting today."
McIlroy would be cutting it close to get to Las Vegas for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. He teed off at 4 p.m. and needed to end that one perhaps even sooner than the Matsuyama match to get there on time.
And if he were to win, the semifinals start Sunday at 6:45 a.m.
"Two tickets there. There's a plane waiting," McIlroy said. "Whether I get on it, we'll have to see. But this takes priority."
McIlroy and fifth-seeded
Furyk overcame an early deficit to
Other round of 16 winners were
Lexi Thompson finished a round of three-under-par 68 with a birdie after a fortunate ricochet to share the third-round lead with Inbee Park in the
The approach by the long-hitting Thompson at the par-five 18th was a screamer well left of the hole. But the ball struck the front facing of a temporary grandstand and ricocheted onto the green, skimming just over the top of a bunker. That set up a long two-putt birdie to get to nine-under 204.
Park, the 2013 North Texas winner, had a more conventional closing birdie, hitting her approach inside a foot for a round of 69.
Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old Canadian who had the second-round lead, shot an even-par 71 to drop into a tie for third at eight under with 40-year-old Karrie Webb (64) and Angela Stanford (67).
Lydia Ko, the 18-year-old from New Zealand who is the No. 1 player in the world, shot a 70 to get even for the week.
Michael Allen birdied the final two holes for a four-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Insperity Invitational at The Woodland, Texas.
Allen had a 10-under 134 total at The Woodlands Country Club. He has seven victories on the 50-and-over tour, winning twice last season.