Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods met in head-to-head competition for only the second time on Monday, the first being the Duel at Jinsha Lake in 2012, where McIlroy also defeated Woods by a single stroke.
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Woods carried a one-shot lead onto the 12th, but McIlroy caught him on 14 and overtook him when Woods bogeyed 17.
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McIlroy made four birdies and an eagle over the last seven holes at Mission Hills for a 6-under 67, good enough for his first win of the year.
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When McIlroy defeated Woods in 2012, the Northern Irishman was at the top of his game. A year later, following a season-long struggle, McIlroy is looking for momentum to carry into 2014. "I've seen a lot of promising signs over the past few weeks in practice and also in competitive play," McIlroy told the Associated Press. "I still have four tournaments left until the end of the season and I would love to finish 2013 strongly and get a little bit of momentum going into next season. But I think as I showed out there, I'm hitting the ball well."
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"I don't sound all that well now, but it was nice that it was warm out there today," said Woods, who according to the Associated Press was battling a virus he picked up from his daughter. "That certainly helped because I think my fever broke and I can start feeling a bit better. But I tell you what, when you have kids, they bring home some strong bugs, and this one has definitely been kicking my butt for the last couple of days."
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"I would like to play all my tournaments in China where I can beat Tiger," McIlroy said after his victory.
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Forced carries over jungle, rock and sand make the Blackstone Course at Mission Hills a tough test.
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The Blackstone Course at Mission Hills features heavily bunkered holes draped atop ancient black volcanic rock.
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Woods missed a 20-foot eagle putt on 18 that would have evened the score with McIlroy.
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Located on the Chinese island of Hainan, Mission Hills Haikou features 10 full courses.
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A golf fan reveals where his loyalties lie.
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Golf's popularity in China -- indeed, throughout Asia -- is growing rapidly. Here, Rory McIlroy and Tiger put in some face time with the fans.
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