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 Rory McIlroy pushed through a 20-hole grinder and Phil Mickelson sent home in a rout.
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 Kevin Na in a match that wasn't settled until the second playoff hole.
Mickelson was quickly dismissed by Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teammate Patrick Reed. The 24-year-old Reed steamrolled the 45-year-old Mickelson by winning six of the first...