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McIlroy and Woods to face-off in Turkey

After avoiding each other at the Ryder Cup, the world's number one ranked player Rory McIlroy and the game's most iconic star Tiger Woods will face each other at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final in Turkey this week.

McIlroy and Woods have been drawn in Group One along with South Africa's Charl Schwartzel and American Matt Kuchar, guaranteeing they'll face each other at least once in the matchplay format.

"It's something I am looking forward to," said McIlroy. "Tiger has been a hero of mine growing up so to compete against him is a dream come true.

"This will be the first match we have had head-to-head and it's a match I would really like to win."

To do so the Ulsterman better hope his watch is set to the right time this week, having nearly missed out on his tee time in Medinah on the weekend after a mix-up on his schedule.

"I haven't touched a club since the Ryder Cup so I am going to get to the course a little early tomorrow [Tuesday] to hit a few balls and see if it's still there.

"And I will make sure I am in the right time zone."

Unlike McIlroy's joyful Medinah experience, Woods didn't win a match in Illinois as the Europeans retained the Cup with a 14.5-13.2 victory.

"It didn't set in for me for a few days as to what happened in Medinah," said Woods, who has won 15 and lost 17 of his 35 Ryder Cup matches.

"I had two sick kids I had to care for and they also had to go to school. They had fevers and I was focused on them for a couple of days.

"I then started to talk to my friends and team-mates, and once it all started to sink in - and the position we had been in and what transpired - yes, it was tough for a couple of days."

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