- World number one Rory McIlroy maintained his perfect start to the WGC-Championship Match Play on Thursday by beating Brandt Snedeker to stay on course for a place in the last 16. The Northern Irishman, an easy winner in his opening group game on Wednesday, defeated Snedeker by two up at San Francisco's Harding Park to make it two victories out of two in the lucrative $9.25 million event. The 25-year-old superstar will now face his 2007 Walker Cup rival Billy Horschel, who beat Jason Dufner 3&2, on Friday with a place in the knockout rounds on offer. In other early games Thursday, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee stunned world number five Jim Furyk to keep alive his hopes of qualification for the weekend. The 45-year-old former paratrooper bounced back from his defeat to Germany's Martin Kaymer on Wednesday to sink Furyk 3&1.