Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy: Head-to-Head Meetings
January 17, 2013
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McIlroy and Woods were paired together for the opening two rounds at the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. McIlroy entered the week ranked No. 1, while Woods was No. 2. (Luke Donald, ranked No. 3, was the third member of the threesome.) Woods shot 66-65 in the opening two rounds and went on to win the event. McIlroy shot 73-69, but rallied on the weekend to finish tied for eighth.
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Woods and McIlroy were paired together for the first two rounds of the 2013 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. It was McIlroy's first event after announcing a blockbuster endorsement deal with Nike, but the event was a dud for both players, as each failed to make the cut.
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Woods and McIlroy met up in Zhengzhou, China, for an exhibition match. There was no prize money, but McIlroy beat Woods by a shot, 67-68. Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck described the wild scene as barely-controlled chaos.
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At the match in China, there were several sights not normally seen on a golf course, including a jewelry model on the 12th tee.
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McIlroy and Woods met in early October at the eight-man World Golf Final in Turkey. Woods thumped McIlroy in their stroke-play match, 64-70, before losing to Justin Rose in the semifinals.
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McIlroy and Woods never went head-to-head in a match at the 2012 Ryder Cup, but they shared a light-hearted moment after McIlroy's European team rallied in Sunday's singles matches to win the Cup by one point.
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McIlroy and Woods entered the Tour Championship ranked first and second in the FedEx standings. Woods shot 66 in the first round and went on to tie for eighth, while McIlroy fired 69 and tied for 10th. Brandt Snedeker won the event and the FedEx Cup Cup.
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The pair were together again for the opening two rounds at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick. McIlroy opened with rounds of 64 and 68 and went on to win the event for his fourth title of the season, while Woods shot 65-67 alongside McIlroy and tied for fourth.
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The duo appeared to be in sync for a moment during the second round at Crooked Stick.
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At the 2012 Barclays at Bethpage Black, Woods and McIlroy were once again paired together for the opening two rounds. McIlroy shot 69-73 and tied for 24th, while Woods went 68-69 before fading on the weekend and tying for 38th.
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Woods and McIlroy joined several of golf's biggest names at the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, where they would be paired together for the first time in a competitive round.
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Woods and McIlroy played their first three rounds of 2012 together in Abu Dhabi, with Woods shooting 70-69-66 to McIlroy's 67-72-68. In the final round, however, Woods shot 72 to finish T3 while McIlroy shot 69 and finished second to Robert Rock.
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