Ousted in Austin: DJ, Rahm, Spieth, Hideki, Rory, Day

McIlroy's comeback stalled when he missed a birdie putt from the fringe at the 17th, and Peter Uihlein won, 2 and 1.

Thomas is projected to assume the world number one ranking from fellow American Dustin Johnson if he makes the final on Sunday but he will have to overcome 35th seed Watson, a two-times U.S. Masters champion who won the Los Angeles tour stop at Riviera last month.

Thomas and Stanley are joined in the quarter finals by Bubba Watson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Cameron Smith, Alex Noren and Kevin Kisner.

Casey only needed to halve his match against Matt Fitzpatrick to win his group for the third time in four years.

Watson, who is set to delay a planned family break after his unexpected advance through to Sunday, said on pgatour.com: "I keep advancing, and that is the key. I'm excited about it - it should be good".

"His bad holes I didn't mess up and I made a few birdies to throw in there", Kisner said.

His improved health has dovetailed with his increasingly better play at Austin Country Club and he's now two matches away from winning his first World Golf Championship.

However, it was all square when Thomas took the par-five sixth, only for the match to go into the turn all square again.

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"But at the end of the day, obviously I didn't play very well, but I definitely didn't give him the match".

Thomas had won all five games at Austin Country Club this week, but he met his match in the form of Watson, who won 3 and 2 to reach the final for the first time in his career.

Kisner, meanwhile, ended Noren's impressive run in the tournament in a high-quality match that went to extra holes, with neither player leading by more than one hole throughout.

The world's second-ranked player was almost ideal the rest of the way, regaining the lead with three birdies in four holes starting at No. 5 and closing Stanley out with a bogey-free finish.

A day after shooting an 8-under 64 to open the big lead, Kerr had a 75 to drop a stroke behind playing partner Lizette Salas, Ji Eun-hee and Kim In-kyung.

"I wish I was hanging around for the weekend, but I'll rest up and get a little bit of work in before going to Augusta", McIlroy said.

But Spieth bogeyed the par-three 11th to hand the lead back to Reed, who stretched the gap with a gain on the 13th and then found himself three up after Spieth missed from six feet on the 15th.

"I don't know what's going to come with it", Thomas said. Charles Howell III and Ian Poulter both need to move into the top 50 after this week to earn a spot at Augusta National. "I hung in there and made putts and got it done in the playoff".

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