- Bob Harig, Senior Golf Writer
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Tiger Woods rallied from a triple bogey at the ninth hole in his match against Charl Schwartzel, only to bogey the 18th and lose by a stroke to the former Masters champion at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final in Turkey.
No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy also lost his match to Matt Kuchar, meaning it is unlikely that McIlroy and Woods will both advance to the semifinals on Thursday in the $5.2 million, eight-player exhibition.
The format is medal-match play, meaning individual matches are contested as stroke play. Woods will play Kuchar on Wednesday morning and McIlroy on Wednesday afternoon. Each match is worth a point, and a half point is awarded for ties. Only the top two players in each group advance.
Woods shot 70 to Schwartzel's 69 at Antalya Golf Club.
"It came right down to the wire, but I can't believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker and that was the match," said Woods, according to The Associated Press. "It means now that I have to play 'Kooch' and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon."
Kuchar had 70 while McIlroy shot 76, including a triple bogey and two double bogeys. Because it is medal-match play, those high scores are much more costly than if it were straight match play.
"I hit a drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence," said McIlroy, according to AP. "I need to win both of my matches tomorrow if I am to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there, so I need to go out and concentrate on both of my matches tomorrow."
"I just thought I had to play mistake-free, and hopefully Rory wouldn't get too hot," Kuchar said. "There we are
all square with four to go, he hits it right and makes triple bogey, and I go three-up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point."
In the other group, Rose won 71-75 over Mahan, who failed to make a birdie. And Westwood defeated Simpson by a stroke.
Two semifinals will be determined for Thursday's play with the finals taking place on Friday. The winner earns $1.5 million.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Tiger Woods rallied from a triple-bogey at the ninth hole in his match against Charl Schwartzel, only to bogey the 18th and lose by a stroke to the former Masters champion at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final in Turkey.