Tiger & Rory Set To Play In China

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have agreed to play a lucrative 18-hole exhibition match in China next month.

The star pair, who faced off against each other in the “Duel at Jinsha Lake” last year, will play for a reported prize pot of $2m at the Mission Hills estate at Hainan Island on October 28.

McIlroy got the better of Woods at Jinsha Lake last year in an event which attracted the attention of thousands of fans, who packed the fairways and even stole golf balls from the driving range.

“I'm hoping to win this time," said Woods. "We both played well last year, but Rory got me by one. I've had a really good year on the PGA Tour, so it would be nice to earn another trophy in China."

McIlroy is yet to record a win since joining Woods in the Nike stable way back in January, and he said of the upcoming game: "We had a lot fun last year and I'm expecting the same again this time in Hainan.

"Tiger has played the better golf this year, but I feel like I'm getting my game back again and I enjoy any challenge, especially against Tiger, so I'm ready for another showdown."

However, similar plans for the exhibition match between US Open champion Justin Rose and Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter on the same day have been shelved.