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Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk easily advances to quarterfinals at Match Play

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits out of a bunker up to the 15th green of TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Billy Horschel at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Friday, May 1, 2015, in San Francisco. McIlroy won the match on the 20th hole. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits out of a bunker up to the 15th green of TPC Harding Park during round-robin play against Billy Horschel at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Friday, May 1, 2015, in San Francisco. McIlroy won the match on the 20th hole. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jim Furyk lines up a shot on the ninth green during the Match Play Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 2, 2015, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Jim Furyk lines up a shot on the ninth green during the Match Play Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 2, 2015, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tommy Fleetwood, center, hits off the path on the 10th fairway during the Match Play Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 2, 2015, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Tommy Fleetwood, center, hits off the path on the 10th fairway during the Match Play Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 2, 2015, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy rolled into the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship on Saturday with four birdies on the front nine for a 6-and-5 victory over Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.

McIlroy has joked all week about wanting a short match Saturday to get to Las Vegas for the fight. He at least got one in the morning. He needed another in the afternoon.

As the No. 1 player, McIlroy and fifth-seeded Jim Furyk were the only players from the top 35 still around at TPC Harding Park. Furyk recovered from an early deficit to beat J.B. Holmes 5 and 3.

Danny Willett won the battle of Blighty with a 3-and-2 win over Lee Westwood. Another Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood, advanced by beating Branden Grace of South Africa.