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McIlroy focus on the Masters after early exit

By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy was eliminated from the WGC-Dell Matchplay Championships on only the second day, despite not even striking a ball.

McIlroy's second group match against Gary Woodland was abandoned after the American withdrew for family reasons, giving the World No.2 a walkover victory.

In the end, it didn't matter, as Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, who defeated McIlroy 2&1 on Wednesday, made it two wins from two by seeing off Emiliano Grillo, 4&3. With Kjeldsen's final match against Woodland now a walkover after the American's withdrawal, it means the Dane will progress from the group with a perfect record.

It means an early exit for McIlroy, who will still face Grillo in a dead rubber match today, with the Holywood man now able to focus all of his attention on the first major of the year, the Masters at Augusta National in two weeks' time.

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