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September 27 2012

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Woods vs. McIlroy in the Playoffs

Will Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods duel in Sunday’s singles in the Ryder Cup at Medinah? We won’t know until the weekend, but we do know this – they squared off in the same group for five of the 16 rounds during the just-completed FedExCup Playoffs.

Until the Playoffs, McIlroy and Woods had never played in the same group at an official PGA TOUR event.

So if we consider those five rounds as match play, who had the advantage? Woods had the better score on 27 of the 90 holes played, while McIlroy had the better score on 19 holes. They had the same score on the other 44 holes.

If we look at each round as an individual match, then Woods would have won four of the five matches.

Here’s a closer look at how each of the five rounds during the FedExCup Playoffs would have played out had it been match play instead of stroke play.

RORY VS. TIGER – PLAYOFFS

The Barclays: Round 1 (starting off 10th tee)

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Woods         1dn   1dn       1dn AS 1up          
McIlroy   1up   2up   2up   2up                    

Results: Woods wins five holes; McIlroy wins four holes … Woods win match, 1 up. In reality – Woods shoots 68 to McIlroy’s 69 that day.


The Barclays: Round 2 (starting off 1st tee)

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Woods     1dn AS 1up 2up 3up 4up           2up   3up    
McIlroy 1up 2up             3dn   2dn   1dn          

Results:  Woods wins eight holes; McIlroy wins five holes … Woods wins match, 3 up. In reality – Woods shoots 69 to McIlroy’s 73 that day.


BMW Championship: Round 1 (starting off 10th tee)

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Woods   1up   2up     1up       1up              
McIlroy         1dn AS     AS       AS       1up  

Results: McIlroy wins five holes; Woods wins four holes … McIlroy wins match, 1 up. In reality – McIlroy shoots 64 to Woods’ 65 that day.


BMW Championship: Round 2 (starting off 1st tee)

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Woods       1dn AS   AS             AS 1up 2up    
McIlroy 1up 2up       1up     1up                  

Results: Woods wins six holes; McIlroy wins four holes … Woods wins match, 2 up. In reality – Woods shoots 67 to McIlroy’s 68 that day.


TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola: Round 1 (starting off 1st tee)

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Woods 1up 2up             2up             3up    
McIlroy       1dn                            

Results: Woods wins four holes; McIlroy wins one hole … Woods wins match, 3 up. In reality – Woods shoots 66 to McIlroy’s 69 that day.

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