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Rory McIlroy thrashed by Brian Harman, eliminated from Match Play

Rory McIlroy has been eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play after being comfortably defeated 5&3 by diminutive giant killer Brian Harman on Friday.

McIlroy needed to beat the American on the final day of round-robin play at Austin Country Club to have a chance of qualifying for the weekend, but it was all one-way traffic in Harman's favour.

Despite being outdriven by 60 yards at times, 18th seed Harman proved steadier, losing only one hole.

Harman's victory earned him the honour of being the first player in the 64-man field to advance to the knockout stage.

The winner of each of the 16 four-man groups qualifies for the weekend.

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