Rory McIlroy a shot too good for Tiger Woods in Match at Mission Hills
Rory McIlroy secured his first 'win' of 2013 as he beat Tiger Woods by a shot in the Match at Mission Hills.
Last Updated: 28/10/13 2:47pm
The former world No 1 beat the current incumbent in the big-purse exhibition match thanks to a storming finish in China.
McIlroy made four birdies and an eagle in the closing seven holes, finishing with a seven-under 66 that was one stroke too strong for Woods.
The result was almost identical to last year's clash when McIlroy's round of 67 was enough to beat Woods by a shot.
They played some spectacular golf on the back-nine at the Blackstone Course with matching eagles and three birdies apiece after the turn.
McIlroy caught Woods with a birdie on the 14th and moved ahead at the 17th when Woods came up short of the green and missed a five-foot putt for par.
Woods had one final chance to tie the match on the final green but he was unable to convert at 20-footer for eagle, leaving McIlroy victorious in the event which saw him paid nearly £1m for his attendance.