Rory McIlroy won for the first time in 2013 in a 18-hole exhibition versus Tiger Woods.
The 24 year-old golfer made four birdies and an eagle over the last seven holes Monday at Mission Hills for a 6-under 67, giving him a one-shot victory against Woods. As YouWager experts point out, this was the second straight year McIlroy has defeated Woods at the medal match in China.
Even an unofficial victory is important. Back in 2012 McIlroy beat him Woods at Jinsha Lake under totally different circumstances. McIlroy was a major champion, No. 1 in the world and on his way to sweeping all the important awards.
The Norther Ireland native signed a lucrative deal with Nike a short time later, and this season has been a struggle. According to the golf odds, McIlroy has had only one reasonable chance to win a tournament, and he didn’t even qualify for the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour.
Woods had a one-shot lead and hit a truly amazing approach to 10 feet on the par-5 12th. McIlroy followed with a long iron into 5 feet, and both made eagle. Both of the experienced golfers made birdie on the 13th, and McIlroy caught him with a 6-foot birdie on the 14th.
Woods had a 20-foot eagle putt on the 18th for the tie. The 37 year-old missed, and McIlroy knocked in his 3-foot birdie.