Rory McIlroy has finally found some winning form after beating the perennial favourite in the betfair odds, Tiger Woods, in an exhibition match in China, making it back-to-back wins against the American in the 18-hole event in Haikou.
The Northern Irishman has had a dismal 2013 so far following his high-profile club switch to Nike at the start of the year, failing to win a single tournament and slipping down to the sixth in the world rankings.
While this victory in China might not be a notable title, it could give McIlroy a timely boost going into the end-of-season schedule and the beginning of 2014. Finishing the year with at least one tournament victory to his name will ensure the 24-year old is able to take something from what has been a shocking season for McIlroy.
After failing to finish in the top-20 in the first two majors of the year, McIlroy then saw his Open hopes ended early when he failed to make the cut at Muirfield, despite strong support from golf betting punters.
However, an encouraging eighth place finish in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill showed that McIlroy was getting back to something resembling his best form after a gruelling season.
With his first win of the season now under his belt, the two-time major winner believes he can still finish the year with a bang and ensure he is able to take some momentum into next season.
“I’ve seen a lot of promising signs over the past few weeks in practice and also in competitive play.”
“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,” admitted the former world number one, according to the betfair website.