World number one McIlroy and 14-time major winner Woods, the world number two, have been drawn in the same group at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. It means the world's top two players will play each other at least once in the new and exciting £3.2m eight-man event.
Head-to-head matches will be fought out in a medal matchplay format, with the lowest strokeplay score over 18 holes winning a point.The winner of Group One will play the runner-up of Group Two, and vice versa, in Thursday's semi-finals with two players contesting a huge £935,000 first prize in Friday's final.
Oakley’s McIlroy and Nike’s Woods will not face each other until the final game on Wednesday, by which time they could already be through to the semi-finals."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."
The 23-year-old Northern Irishman, who almost missed the start of his Ryder Cup singles match after a time mix-up at Medinah, added: "I haven't touched a club since the Ryder Cup so I am going to get to the course a little early to hit a few balls and see if it's still there. And I will make sure I am in the right time zone."
The World Golf Final is not deemed an official event on either the European or US PGA Tours.