Woods and McIlroy clash is long awaited

My latest Sympatico column, looking at the rise of Rory McIlroy and the resurgence of Tiger Woods, went live yesterday:

Next stop – Augusta National.

That’s where everyone is hoping the real battle between new World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will occur. On Sunday, for the first time since last year’s Masters, the former greatest golfer in the world brought his best in the hope of bettering the current top dog. The only problem is that Woods was so far back of McIlroy heading into the final round of the Honda Classic that his remarkable 8-under 62 was somewhat muted, even though it was almost a perfect round. Even as he threw all he had at the golf course and its over-hyped “Bear Trap” holes that conclude the back nine, Woods couldn’t overcome McIlroy, who has been the model of consistency in recent months, always looming near the top of the leaderboard in every event he’s entered. McIlroy simply held on – doing exactly what he needed to do to better Woods by a couple of shots. Not a lot of drama in that, though both golfers played exceptionally well.

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