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Rain halts golf duel

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Friday, October 12, 2012

BELEK, Turkey — The anticipated showdown between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the World Golf Finals was pushed back a day because of thunderstorms at the Sultan course on Wednesday.

Torrential rain began lashing Antalya Golf Club shortly after the morning matches in the eight-player event, forcing organisers to postpone the four afternoon matches to Thursday with the semi-finals to follow.

In the other matches, Justin Rose takes on Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood meets Hunter Mahan and Charl Schwartzel goes up against Matt Kuchar.

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.

"I played bit a better than yesterday."

Woods recorded his first victory at the exhibition tournament with a 67 to defeat Kuchar by five strokes. Woods fell to Schwartzel by one shot on Tuesday.

The top-ranked McIlroy has only an outside chance of advancing in the $5.2 million event after losing by six shots to Kuchar on Tuesday and by one stroke to Schwartzel 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 semi-finals and also to get some bragging rights.

Victory for McIlroy over Woods would bring him $US450,000 in prize money. Even a loss to the 14-time major winner will carry a $US300,000 cheque.

In other morning matches, Rose defeated Westwood with a round of 66 to his European Ryder Cup teammate's 69.

Simpson, the US Open champion, hit a 65 to Mahan's 67 for his first victory, leaving his fellow American winless.





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