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The Dream Matchup Nobody Saw

Here’s one you may not have heard. How long does it take the World No.1 and the World’s No.2 to play 36 holes of match play golf? Five and a half hours. Granted as jokes go it’ not particularly funny but it is true. That’s how long it took Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods to get round the Medalist club in Hobe Sound in Florida twice after their surprise early exit from last week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The top two ranked golfers were joined by NFL player and pundit Ahmad Rashad for 36 holes of speed golf behind closed doors in the head to head in the match up the world wanted to see.

McIlroy told reporters, "We thought we would play our own match play final except it was over 36 holes".

But who won?

“We had two matches. He beat me the first time and I beat him in the second so we’re even. We teed off at about 8:00 and I was home by 1:30 so we played quick,” added McIlroy. “He putts with the pin’s speed golf. It was good, really enjoyable.”

That would leave their head-to-head record tied at two wins apiece. A year ago, Woods beat McIlroy in the World Golf Finals exhibition in Turkey, and McIlroy beat Tiger in an 18-hole exhibition in China.

The Nike stable mates will have a chance to play for bragging rights and $1,026,000 in Florida this week where Rory launches his defense of the Honda Classic.