Rory McIlroy: improved display on Wednesday morning was not enough against Charl Schwartzel
Rory McIlroy lost his second match in a row at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals to leave himself in the last-chance saloon when he takes on Tiger Woods later on Wednesday.World number one McIlroy produced a level-par 71, five better than during the previous day's defeat to Matt Kuchar, but still lost out by a stroke to Charl Schwartzel.Schwartzel, who matched McIlroy's birdie at the last to claim the point, has two wins from two and sits top of Pool A.Live on Sky SportsLive Golf2012 Turkish Airlines World Golf Final: Day TwoOctober 10, 2012 10:30am
McIlroy would have to beat Woods in the battle of the world's top ranked players and hope Schwartzel does him a favour against Kuchar to have a chance of progressing.
Woods saw off Kuchar by five shots on Wednesday morning thanks to a four-under 67 to ensure all four players can still qualify - mathematically at least - for the knockout phase heading into the final round of pool matches.
In Pool B, Justin Rose beat Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood by three shots, 66 compared to 69, for his second straight victory at the lucrative event.
Webb Simpson shot a six-under 65, the low round of the week so far, to see off fellow American Hunter Mahan by two shots.
Simpson and Westwood both have one point from their two matches, while Mahan is yet to win but could still qualify for the semi-finals if he beats Westwood in the Wednesday afternoon session - the start of which has been put back an hour by a storm - and Simpson loses to Rose.