Rain forces postponement of World Golf Finals

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 10, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 18th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 7, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
The eagerly anticipated showdown between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the World Golf Finals on Wednesday was pushed back a day because of thunderstorms at the Sultan course. Torrential rain began lashing Antalya Golf Club shortly after the morning matches in the eight-player event were completed, forcing organizers to postpone the four afternoon matches to Thursday with the semifinals being staged afterward. The other matches abandoned were: Justin Rose vs. Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood vs. Hunter Mahan and Schwartzel vs. Kuchar. The top-ranked McIlroy has no chance of advancing in the $5.2 million event after losing by six shots to Matt Kuchar on Tuesday and by one stroke to Charl Schwartzel on Wednesday in the medal match-play format. ''In my match now against Tiger I will be out to get back a bit of pride and at least leave here winning one match,'' McIlroy said. ''I now don't have much to play for, so I would like to beat him so he doesn't go through to the semifinals and also to get some bragging rights. ''There is always an added edge when you play against a player like Tiger, and there were a few chances this year when we could have gone head-to-head in the bigger tournaments but it didn't quite happen. So I am still looking forward to next season when we can go head-to-head down the stretch - and bragging rights from this week will help a little bit.'' Victory for McIlroy over Woods would bring him $450,000 in prize money, while even a loss to the 14-time major winner for his third of the event will carry a $300,000 check. On Wednesday, Schwartzel birdied three of his last four holes to shot a 1-under 70 to McIlroy's 71. ''You can't really do much about that,'' McIlroy said, adding: ''I played bit a better than yesterday.'' Woods recorded his first victory at the exhibition tournament by hitting a 67 to defeat Kuchar by five strokes. In other morning matches, Rose defeated Westwood with a round of 66 to his European Ryder Cup teammate's 69. Simpson, the U.S. Open champion, hit a 65 to Mahan's 67 for his first victory, leaving his fellow American winless.
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