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McIlroy whips Woods

Rory McIlroy won for the first time this year – even if it was an 18-hole exhibition against Tiger Woods. McIlroy (pictured) made four birdies and an eagle over the last seven holes at Mission Hills for a 6-under 67, giving him a one-shot win over Woods. It was the second straight year McIlroy has defeated Woods at the medal match in Haikou, China. “I would like to play all my tournaments in China where I can beat Tiger,” McIlroy said. McIlroy beat him last year at Jinsha Lake under far different circumstances. McIlroy was a major champion, No. 1 in the world and on his way to sweeping all the important awards. He signed a lucrative deal with Nike a short time later, and this season has been a struggle. McIlroy has had only one reasonable chance to win a tournament. – AP

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