Tiger Woods is expected to get a $2 million appearance fee and Rory McIlroy $1 million today for their one-day exhibition match in Zhengzhou, China.
The top-ranked McIlroy and Woods, a 14-time major winner, will play their first head-to-head match in an event without other competitors at Lake Jinsha International Golf Club.
The 18-hole medal-match has been dubbed the “Duel at Lake Jinsha.”
“We’re going to try and put on a good show, shoot a low round and have a little bit of fun,” Woods said.
McIlroy finished second Sunday in the BMW Masters in Shanghai, while Woods tied for fourth in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Nick Watney shot a closing 10-under 61 to set the course record in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an win the CIMB Classic. He missed a chance to shoot a 59 when he made bogey instead of birdie at No. 18.
The American finished at 22-under 262 and earned $1.3 million in the unofficial PGA Tour event, finishing a stroke ahead of 2011 champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus and three ahead of Woods, who closed with a 63.
Sweden’s Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters in Shanghai for his second European Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off Ryder Cup teammate McIlroy (67) by a shot.
Hanson finished at 21-under 267 and earned $1.17 million in the tour’s richest regular event. Luke Donald was third at 17 under after a 66, and fellow Englishman Ian Poulter completed a Ryder Cup sweep of the top four spots, closing with a 65 for a 16-under total.
Suzann Pettersen shot a closing 3-under 69 to rally past Korea’s Inbee Park by three shot at the LPGA Tour’s Taiwan Championship in Yang Mei, Taiwan.
The Norwegian finished with a 19-under 269 and earned $300,000 for her 10th LPGA Tour title.
David Frost made a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Bernhard Langer at the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio after each shot a 6-under 66 in the final round. … Justin Bolli shot a 6-under 65 to win the Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas, to become one of three players to move into the top 25 and earn PGA Tour membership for next season. Tacoma native Michael Putnam shot a 2-over 73 and fell out of the top 25.