• World Golf Final

McIlroy and Tiger to clash in Turkey

ESPN staff
October 8, 2012
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world © PA Photos

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will lock horns this week, after being paired in the same group at the inaugural Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.

An eight-man field will tee it up at the Antalya Golf Club for an event that carries a total purse of £3.2 million.

The field is split into two groups, with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Matt Kuchar joining Woods and McIlroy in Group One. Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan and US Open champion Webb Simpson make up Group Two.

The format is medal match play - head-to-head matches with the lowest score over 18 holes winning one point - and each player will play three matches in the group stages. The winner of Group One will then face the runner-up of Group Two, and vice versa, in Thursday's semi-finals, with the final on Friday.

McIlroy and Woods will face each other in the final game of the group, by which time both could already have qualified for the semi-finals.

The event is not sanctioned by either the European Tour or PGA Tour, but a Friday finish will ensure there is no clash with weekend coverage of the Portuguese Masters or the Frys.com Open in California.

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