McIlroy beats Kirk to reach last four

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is ranked third in the world

Defending champion Rory McIlroy reached the semi-finals of the WGC-Dell Match Play with a comfortable 43 win over American Chris Kirk in Texas.

World number three McIlroy, 26, was never behind as he beat a player ranked 54th in the world.

McIlroy, who beat Zach Johnson on the final green in the last 16 earlier in the day, was pegged back to all-square at the turn.

But the Northern Irishman won four of the next six holes to secure victory.

McIlroy will play world number two Jason Day in the last four if the Australian beats American Brooks Koepka.

The semi-finals and final will be played on Sunday.

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