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Rory comes out on top against Woods in China

It may have only been an exhibition tournament between stable-mates, but the way Rory McIlroy has been playing in 2013 he'll take any win he can, so the one-shot victory over World No1 at Mission Hills in Hainan Island, China was gratefully accepted.

"I would like to play all my tournaments in China where I can beat Tiger," McIlroy said.

Faced with a 20-foot eagle putt on the 18th to tie after he missed a five footer in the hole before, Woods, who has been struggling with a virus throughout, fluffed the shot allowing McIlroy a 3-foot birdie for the win.

"I don't sound all that well now, but it was nice that it was warm out there today," Woods said. "That certainly helped because I think my fever broke and I can start feeling a bit better. But I tell you what, when you have kids, they bring home some strong bugs, and this one has definitely been kicking my butt for the last couple of days."

McIlroy will stay in China and in Shanghai for the HSBC Champions where he's hoping to build on this result and also he's recent runner-up spot in Korea.

"I've seen a lot of promising signs over the past few weeks in practice and also in competitive play," McIlroy said. "I still have four tournaments left until the end of the season and I would love to finish 2013 strongly and get a little bit of momentum going into next season. But I think as I showed out there, I'm hitting the ball well.

"If I can just get the putter going a little bit more, then in these last four tournaments I can hope to contend and maybe pick up a win or two."

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