Lucky 17 again as Rose pips Westwood in final
Agence France-Presse in Belek, Turkey
Justin Rose drew on memories of last month's Ryder Cup singles defeat of Phil Mickelson to beat Lee Westwood by a stroke and capture the World Golf Final yesterday.
Rose, ranked No 5 in the world, went five under par to defeat fellow English golfer Westwood. Westwood birdied the last hole to score 67 to Rose's 66 on the Sultan Course at the Antalya Club.
Rose was never behind, starting with a first-hole birdie to end up three under par through the first nine holes and one ahead of Westwood.
Rose then went two ahead with a birdie at the tenth, and while Westwood then birdied the 16th to get back to one behind Rose, the world No 5 holed a 20-foot putt for a birdie at the 17th. It was a similar length putt to the one he holed at the 17th at Medinah in the United States to turn around his match against American rival Mickelson.
And a day before that, Rose had chipped in at the 17th to deny Tiger Woods a place in the final.
"The 17th green has been really good to me this week as I holed my second shot there yesterday and, of course, the 17th at Medinah turned around my match against Phil," Rose said.
"But you have to be pleased to go through this whole week after winning all my five matches.
"So to not get beaten at all in the group stage and then to win the two finals is a great feeling and it's been a great week."
He added: "My golf is just so consistent at the moment and the main thing is that I just don't have any skeletons in the closet, and I don't have that loose shot that is plaguing me all the time.
"So all aspects of my game can pull through for me at different times and I feel as though I've got something every day to lean on."
The US$1.5m prize cheque is Rose's highest in his 14-year pro career and US$560,000 more than his prize in capturing the 2011 BMW Championship.
Westwood, who was 22 under par for his five rounds, earned a cheque for US$1m for his efforts over the three days.
"We both played well with just the slight difference on the greens," said Westwood.
"Justin rolled some 20 footers, another crucial one at 17, while the longest putt I made was eight or nine feet on 16. So I left a lot of chances out there but that is the way it goes.
"I knew before today that he was rolling it well on the greens. He showed that against Phil Mickelson at the Ryder Cup," Westwood added.