Congratulations to Golf.com.au for pulling off that amazing live stream of the Tiger vs Rory 18 hole exhibition match at Jinsha Lake golf club in China. Despite a little hiccup at the beginning of the coverage, when the feed was accidentally delivered in Chinese, it was great to be able to view the entire match from my ipad.
The highlight of the 3 hours and 15 minute match was watching the world’s number 1 and 2 golfers playing at their best, without the usual tournament pressures. Rory was in fine form, while Tiger showed some of his old magic. Tiger’s birdie chip on the 14th was pure class and for a brief moment it looked like he was going to pounce. Unfortunately, a poor tee shot on the 18th gave Rory the match, but only by 1 shot, making it only the third time in 11 rounds that the Northern Irishman has defeated Woods in head-to-head play.
The golf wasn’t the only memorable highlight. The on course Chinese interviewer, who continually sprung up beside both Tiger and Rory at the most inopportune times asking silly questions was hilarious, if not distracting for the players. His interview skills were cringe worthy, especially when he asked Tiger if he would consider taking Rory to a Lakers game. Tiger and Rory took it in their stride during the earlier holes but as they neared the end of the match they had faces like thunder.