World number six Rory McIlroy produced some dazzling golf on the back nine to overcome a sniffling Tiger Woods by one shot in their lucrative 'Match at Mission Hills' in China on Monday.
The double major-winning Northern Irishman shot a six-under-par 67 to beat the world number one's 68 in the exhibition match which, according to British media reports, earned both men in excess of US$1.5 million.
McIlroy has endured a disappointing winless year but his game looked to be heading in the right direction for the final weeks of the European Tour season WITH a second victory over Woods following his one-shot success in the 'Duel at Jinsha Lake' last year.
"He schooled me twice," Woods said to much laughter after the friendly round, only for McIlroy to swiftly interject and downplay the achievement.
"Well, I don't know about that, I beat you by one shot twice," the former US Open and US PGA Champion smiled.
Both men wore microphones as they played, but it appeared Woods forgot that his every word was being made public as he was heard swearing on several occasions.
Twice he swore when describing a cold he has been suffering from for the last week, while television commentators were forced to apologise when further colourful language was uttered by the 14-times major winner on the 17th hole.
McIlroy told the on-course interviewer during his round that he wanted to win the match but the friendly chit-chat and lack of intensity, particularly from the renowned fighter Woods, was obvious throughout the contest.
The two were heard laughing and joking and discussed golf club design, pollution in China and the recent Presidents Cup in which an America side featuring Woods once again beat the International team.