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

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.