No Turkish delight for beaten McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, pictured, lost by six shots to Tiger Woods

Rory McIlroy, pictured, lost by six shots to Tiger Woods

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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 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.

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