The knockout stage at the Dell Match Play started a day early.
The pressure was already cranked up to high Friday in win-or-go-home matches at Austin, Texas, that saw defending champion
The round-robin format sent several pairs to the first tee with both players 2-0 and facing elimination with a loss. And none was bigger than McIlroy fighting off
Mickelson was quickly dismissed by
"Today it was either do or die," McIlroy said. "It's a sigh of relief. It's nice to get to the weekend."
McIlroy hasn't lost a match in this tournament in two years, but has had to work hard for his three wins this week. He will face British Open champion
There was nothing tense about Reed's dispatching of Mickelson. Mickelson opened the door with a double bogey on the first hole and the rout was on. Reed had two eagles in the first 10 holes.
Reed continues to build an impressive match-play resume. He was a rare bright spot for the U.S. team in the 2014 Ryder Cup when he went 3-0-1 and showed the bravado his teammates lacked when he put his fingers to his lip to "shush" the European home crowd.
"I love match play," said Reed, who next faces
In other loser-goes-home matches,
Perhaps no match was more entertaining than the duel between
"I struggled all day tee to green," said Haas, who plays
Top-ranked Jordan Spieth completed an undefeated first round with a 3-and-2 victory over friend Justin Thomas and will face Oosthuizen in the round of 16. No. 2
Shin up after 65 at Kia Classic
Jenny Shin shot a seven-under-par 65 and took the lead in the
Shin birdied five of her first eight holes and is at 10-under 134 at Aviara. The 23-year-old South Korean is winless on the LPGA Tour.
Ko shot a 67, and Lang had a 68. The 18-year-old Ko is coming off a second-place finish at Phoenix in the Founders Cup.
Second-ranked Inbee Park and fellow South Korean Hyo Joo Kim were eight under. Park had a 69, and Kim shot a 66.
Campos holds lead in Puerto Rico
Rafael Campos held onto the lead in front of his home fans in the
Campos had a nine-under 135 total at Coco Beach for a one-stroke lead. He's the first Puerto Rican to lead a PGA Tour event since the 1979 Tallahassee Open, when Chi Chi Rodriguez was tied for the 54-hole lead and went on to win his eighth and final title.