McIlroy tames ailing Tiger in 'Match at Mission Hills'
Rory McIlroy finally tasted success for the first time this year when he beat an ailing Tiger Woods by one shot in a megabucks exhibition in China yesterday.
In the ‘Match at Mission Hills’, at a sprawling golf complex on Hainan Island, the Northern Irish world number six shot six-under-par 66 to Woods’ 67 in the one-round face-off.
McIlroy, who has dropped off the top of the rankings and has not won a tournament all year, also beat Woods by one shot in a similar Chinese event last year.
Monday’s victory, at the same venue where he won the World Cup with Graeme McDowell in 2011, will give him a boost ahead of this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
“I would like to play all my tournaments in China where I can beat Tiger,” said the 24-year-old. “It’s been great to come back to this wonderful golf course where I still have such great memories.”