Rory McIlroy may not have won a tournament all season, but he fended off world No. 1 Tiger Woods in their one-on-one duel - The Match at Mission Hills - on Monday. As it did in 2012, the event came down to one stroke.
Arriving at the 17th hole all square on the par-73 Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Golf Club in Haikou, China, Woods watched as his par putt stopped on the lip of the cup. When McIlroy subsequently sank his for par, he regained the lead for the first time since the third hole.
Woods had an eagle putt on 18, but it ran right and never threatened. He managed birdie, but after McIlroy's eagle putt nearly dropped, he easily made birdie too. That gave the 24-year-old a 6-under-67, and his second consecutive victory over Woods in China.
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