x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Rory McIlroy claims bragging rights after winning China 'duel' with Tiger Woods

The world number one defeated Tiger Woods by a shot in their 'Duel at Jinsha Lake' head to head event today.

Tiger Woods looks on as Rory McIlroy receives his trophyfor winning the Duel at Jinsha Lake
Tiger Woods looks on as Rory McIlroy receives his trophyfor winning the Duel at Jinsha Lake

Rory McIlroy outscored Tiger Woods for only the third time in 11 head-to-head clashes to claim victory in their "Duel at Jinsha Lake" event in China.

The world's top two golfers met for a one-off match after competing in Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur over the weekend, with McIlroy recording a five-under-par 67 to the American's 68.

The world number one had been runner-up to Ryder Cup teammate Peter Hanson at the BMW Masters while Woods finished fourth behind compatriot Nick Watney in the CIMB Classic.

Three weeks after Woods defeated the 23-year-old by six strokes during the World Golf Finals in Turkey, it was McIlroy who always held the edge this time.

He had two early birdies and turned two in front before Woods chipped in at the short 12th, but the 14-major champion bogeyed two holes later and could not get back on terms.

Neither player is staying on in the country for this week's WGC-HSBC Champions at Mission Hills.

McIlroy, flying to Bulgaria to watch tennis girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, next plays at the Singapore Open next week, while Woods has one event left in 2012 - the World Challenge in California at the end of next month.