Rory McIlroy edges Zach Johnson at WGC Dell Matchplay Championship

McIlroy is three matches away from defending his title

Rory McIlroy secured a 1UP victory over Zach Johnson to move within three matches of successfully defending his WGC Dell Matchplay title.

Having narrowly beaten Kevin Na yesterday, McIlroy was forced to produced some of his finest golf and following his 68 foot putt yesterday, conjured this magical tee shot on from the 11th: 

Birdies at the 13th and the 15th were enough to help the Northern Irishman edge ahead and held his nerve on the last to secure the victory.

The Northern Irishman will face American Chris Kirk in the quarter-finals.