THE eagerly anticipated showdown between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, washed out by a thunderstorm yesterday, proved something of a damp squib at the Turkish Airlines World Golf final.
McILROY had lost both of his opening matches in Antalya - to Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel - and needed to beat Woods and hope other scores and results went his way to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.
But the 23-year-old carded a round of 70 to lose by six shots to Woods (64). Schwartzel (63) beat Kuchar (65) in the other game in Group One to set up a semi-final with Lee Westwood, who finished runner-up in Group Two after shooting a 64 to beat Hunter Mahan (69).
The best golf on a low-scoring day came from Justin Rose, who carded a nine-under-par 62 in beating Webb Simpson to set up a last-four clash with Woods.