Westwood and Rose set up match play final
11/10/2012 - 15:39:55
Lee Westwood and Justin Rose are guaranteed $1m each after making it an all-English final of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final – but Rory McIlroy had to settle for ’just’ $300,000 after finishing last in the eight-man exhibition.
McIlroy lost all three of his group games in Antalya, including by six shots to Tiger Woods this morning, but was more than happy to spend the afternoon on the beach with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki instead of contesting the semi-finals.
Those came down to clashes between Woods and Rose and Westwood and Charl Schwartzel, with Westwood following his morning 64 against Hunter Mahan with a stunning 61 – which included a double bogey – to beat the former Masters champion Schwartzel by six shots.
And Rose then turned around his match with Woods in spectacular fashion, recovering from two behind after 12 with a birdie on the 13th and an eagle on the 14th, where his approach pitched just inches from the hole and span back into the cup.
Both players then birdied the par-five 16th and when Woods missed from 15ft for birdie on the last to force sudden death, Rose was certain of a seven-figure payday.
First prize tomorrow is $1.5m with $1m to the runner-up, while Schwartzel and Woods collected $600,000 as losing semi-finalists.
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