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Monday 16 July 2018

Rory McIlroy exits Turkey showdown with a whimper

Rory McIlroy lost to Tiger Woods today
Rory McIlroy lost to Tiger Woods today

Phil Casey

LEE Westwood and Justin Rose are guaranteed $1m each after making it an all-English final of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final - but Rory McIlroy had to settle for 'just' $300,000 after finishing last in the eight-man exhibition.

McIlroy had lost both of his opening matches in Antalya - to Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel - and needed to beat Woods this morning and hope other scores and results went his way to have any chance of reaching this afternoon's semi-finals.

But the world number one never looked like keeping his half of the bargain from the moment his tee shot on the first hole found a water hazard, the 23-year-old eventually carding 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 make it three wins out of three and 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 top Group Two and set up a last-four clash with Woods.

Woods had also lost his opening match to Schwartzel but shot 67 to beat Kuchar by five yesterday and was four under at the turn as he closed in on a place in the last four.

The eight-man event has a prize fund of $5.2 million, with $1.5 million to the winner and $300,000 for seventh and eighth.

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