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Talk of budding rivalry downplayed

Updated: January 16, 2013, 12:01 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- They are the big draws, the top-two ranked players in the field and scheduled to play together during the first two rounds of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

But both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy downplayed talk of a budding rivalry as the 2013 season is set to begin at a European Tour event in the Middle East.

Woods and McIlroy will tee off at 10:40 p.m. ET Wednesday (7:40 a.m. local time Thursday) and at 3:05 a.m. ET Friday (12:05 ...

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