Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both have the same score going into the final round of the 2012 Cadillac Championship. Unfortunately, the way the scores worked out the two golfers will be one pairing apart for the final round. Woods and McIlroy have scores of nine under part, eight shots behind leader Bubba Watson at 17 under. The chances of catching Watson are unlikely as the Blue Monster at Doral has played particularly easy.
Yet the tantalizing head-to-head pairing of Woods and his presumed successor was oh-so close for golf fans. McIlroy recently earned the number one ranking by winning the Honda Classic. He's the youngest world number one since, you guessed it, Woods ascended to the throne of golf in his early 20s.
Woods is paired with Webb Simpson who also has a score of nine under. They get started at 2 p.m. ET. McIlroy gets Johnson Wagner who comes into the final day at 10 under par. The world number one starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.
Six golfers all have scores of nine under. Since McIlroy shot the best of them in the third round with a 65, he gets the nod as the top one of those golfers. The chips simply didn't fall for the two superstars of golf to be paired together on the final day of a tournament at one of the PGA's most historic courses.
Instead, Watson will go for his first World Golf Championship. Should the weather cooperate, no one is going to catch him unless he completely tanks. There are so many golfers playing Doral with easy in this tournament, even if McIlroy and Woods shoot a 60 apiece they may not win the thing from eight strokes back.
Although Woods will be back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks, the next chance fans will have to catch both superstars on the same course will be the Masters in early April. Perhaps the golf gods will smile upon fans then and feature a Woods-versus-McIlroy matchup. It will happen eventually as the two play more tournaments on American soil.
If the dream pairing happens at one of the premier golf courses on the planet at August National in three weeks, that means G-d truly is a golf fan.
William Browning has covered sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network including golf and local golf courses in southwest Missouri. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
- Tiger Woods
- Rory McIlroy
- Bubba Watson