McIlroy tames ailing Tiger in 'Match at Mission Hills'

Oct 29, 2013, 01:27 IST | AFP

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.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

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.” 

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