McIlroy, Woods in 2nd China duel

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Tiger Woods (R) of the United States hits a tee shot as Rory McIlroy (L) of Northern Ireland looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 12, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

 Tiger Woods hits a tee shot as Rory McIlroyl ooks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 12, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will go head-to-head in a two-man exhibition for the second time in China following last year's Duel at Jinsha Lake, organizers said yesterday.

Golf's world No. 1 and 2 will appear at an unnamed venue on October 28, reprising their one-day meeting a year earlier.

"Rory and I have played against and with each other a lot over the past few years, and he beat me in China last time so I'm looking forward to playing again," said Woods in a press release.

"We're good friends, but both of us love to win, so I'm expecting more great golf," added the 14-time major-winner.

"I've played in China since 2001 and the event last year showed me there's still huge enthusiasm for growing the game in cities all across the country, especially as it's again an Olympic sport in 2016."

McIlroy won last year's tournament in Zhengzhou.

The 18-hole strokeplay event, held to advertise a new housing development, also featured the bizarre sight of models standing at the tee boxes, helicopters, drum majorettes, fireworks and a luxury yacht.

Few details were revealed about the upcoming event but Northern Irishman McIlroy said he was looking forward to taking on American Woods again.

"It's exciting to play against Tiger in this format. We've played together many times in regular four-day Tour events, but it's different when it's just the two of us in an 18-hole battle," said McIlroy, 24.

"Everyone knows he's hugely competitive each time he steps on the golf course, so I know he'll want to beat me, just as I'll be very keen to beat him again.

"The crowds we had last year were incredible. I had never seen so many people following one match and I'm sure we'll have more of the same this year. The support is testimony to the growing strength of golf in China and I'm looking forward to getting back there."

Event organizer Infinite Ideas International said several leading Chinese golf clubs were interested in holding this year's show and the venue will be announced soon.

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