March 30 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods took a 2 up lead over Rory McIlroy through nine holes in their first ever match play meeting at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas on Saturday.
Woods, the 13th seed, surged ahead 1 up with a four-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole, then took command with another birdie at the sixth.
Fourth-seeded McIlroy saved par with a clutch putt at the second, but the Northern Irishman came up short on several later opportunities.
The winner of the round of 16 match advances to the quarter-finals later on Saturday with the semi-finals and final set for Sunday.
Kevin Kisner also advanced with a 6&5 victory over China’s Li Haotong. (Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina Editing by Christian Radnedge)