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Rory McIlroy gets past Casey on 22nd hole to advance to Match Play semifinals

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making an eagle putt on the 18th green of TPC Harding Park to win his semifinal match against Jim Furyk at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 3, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after making an eagle putt on the 18th green of TPC Harding Park to win his semifinal match against Jim Furyk at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 3, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gary Woodland warms his hands before hitting from the 13th tee of TPC Harding Park against Danny Willett, of England, in the semifinals of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 3, 2015, in San Francisco. Woodland won the match. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Gary Woodland warms his hands before hitting from the 13th tee of TPC Harding Park against Danny Willett, of England, in the semifinals of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 3, 2015, in San Francisco. Woodland won the match. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, makes an eagle putt on the 18th green of TPC Harding Park to win his semifinal match against Jim Furyk at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 3, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, makes an eagle putt on the 18th green of TPC Harding Park to win his semifinal match against Jim Furyk at the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 3, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy advanced to the semifinals of the Match Play Championship in a match against Paul Casey that went 22 holes in two days.

Returning in the morning chill Sunday, McIlroy hit a beautiful lag from 60 feet that set up a birdie on the par-5 first hole. Casey hit a 3-wood onto the green, except that it went just over the back into a sticky lie in the rough.

His first chip didn't reach the green. His next chip was short. He had McIlroy putt from just over 2 feet for the No. 1 player to advance.

Casey became ill overnight and said it affected him only when looking down at his ball in the rough.

McIlroy played Jim Furyk in the semifinals. Gary Woodland played Danny Willett of England.