Rose beats Westwood to big prize
10:45am Friday 12th October 2012 in © Press Association 2014
Justin Rose drew on memories of his part in the "Miracle at Medinah" to beat Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood for the second time in three days to win the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and 1.5million US dollars.
Rose had got the better of Westwood in the round-robin stages at Antalya Golf Club, shooting a round of 66 on his way to three wins out of three in Group Two before beating 14-time major winner Tiger Woods in the semi-finals.
And the Englishman again carded a round of 66 on Friday to win by a single shot, with Westwood unable to reproduce the form that saw him shoot 64 in his final group match and then a stunning round of 61 a few hours later in his semi-final win over former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
Rose never trailed in the match after holing from 25 feet for birdie on the first, but saw a two-shot lead cut in half on the 16th when he surprisingly missed from three feet for birdie after Westwood had holed from three times the distance.
However, Rose responded superbly with a long-range birdie two on the 17th, evoking memories of his monster putt on the same hole at Medinah as he birdied the last two holes to beat Phil Mickelson in the singles.
"I hit a poor putt on 16 and Lee flipped the script on me," Rose said. "I thought his ball was in the hazard - it was actually plugged in the rough - and then he makes four and I make five, and from that moment on it's going to be a tight finish.
"He hit a great shot into 17 and I really felt like I needed to make that putt, and the 17th against Phil came to mind, just drawing on positive experiences."
Westwood, who picked up USD1million as runner-up, said: "We both played really well, the slight difference was on the greens. Justin rolled in a couple of 20-footers, one crucial one on 17, and the longest I made was nine feet on 16.
"I left a lot of chances out there but that's the way it goes sometimes."