Published Wednesday, 10 October 2012
McIlroy lines up a putt in his match against Charl Schwartzel during day two. (© Getty)
The Holywood golfer has to beat Woods by 10 shots to have a chance of making the knockout stages of the tournament as he bids to win $1.5m.
Facing Charl Schwartzel, McIlroy's comeback was on course until the tenth hole on Wednesday, when he found the water on the way to a double bogey.
He finished the round on level par and was beaten by the South African who went one under.
This is a second straight defeat for McIlroy.
The final group games, which were due to be played in the afternoon, were called off without a shot being hit after a massive thunderstorm, meaning McIlroy will have to return to Antalya Golf Club for at least 18 holes on Thursday.
A showdown with Woods failed to materialise at last month's Ryder Cup.
On Wednesday, McIlroy said: "I'll try and keep him out of those semi-finals. I'm sure that's not what the tournament wants but it's what I'm going to try to do."