Danny Willett continues to upset the formbook

Danny Willett WGC-Cadillac Match Play

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Danny Willett is hoping to continue his excellent form at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play after beating fellow Englishmen Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood.

Willett, who is making his first appearance in the competition, will take on American Gary Woodland in the semi-finals.

The American defeated Australian pair Marc Leishman and John Senden to reach the last-four.

“I swung it really well,” said Willett after securing a 4 and 3 victory over Fleetwood. “I hit some good golf shots, putted nicely. It was a good, solid match.

“You have to feel comfortable in this format – everyone is a good player. It can very easily throw a few birdies at you, so you just keep trying to press.”

Meanwhile, Paul Casey has the opportunity to shock Rory McIlroy in the quarter-finals in San Francisco and set up a last-four encounter with Jim Furyk.

The Ryder Cup duo were level after 21 holes when darkness forced them to bring their intriguing last-eight clash to an end on TPC Harding Park.

World number one McIlroy missed short putts on the 18th green and the third extra hole to finish the match off but Casey lives to fight another day.

Casey admitted afterwards: “I dodged a couple of bullets there. I thought I was done for the day and done for the week, but the beautiful thing is we get to hit the reset button and start again.”

Casey has enjoyed a fine week, seeing off Chris Kirk and Adam Scott on the first two days of the competition before beating Francesco Molinari and Charl Schwartzel.

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