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McIlroy and Woods stage own Match Play 'final'

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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have bonded in recent months © Getty Images
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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy brushed off the disappointment of their first-round exits at the WGC Match Play Championship with a couple of rounds of speed golf.

World No. 1 McIlroy revealed that he and the 14-time major champion had claimed a win apiece in their private duel at the Medalist club in Hobe Sound, Florida on Sunday.

"We thought we would play our own match play final except it was over 36 holes," McIlroy told reporters ahead of this week's Honda Classic.

"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.

"He putts with the pin in - it's speed golf. It was good, really enjoyable."

Former NFL player and television sportscaster Ahmad Rashad also went round with the top-ranked duo, whose friendship is going strong in spite of their status as rivals on tour.

Northern Irishman McIlroy now has a base near Woods' own home in Florida and has also joined him in the Nike stable since January.

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