Rose edges Westwood by one shot to win Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

Justin Rose at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
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Justin Rose went undefeated on the week to capture the first Turkish Airlines World Golf Final trophy.
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Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 | 12:01 p.m.

BELEK, Turkey -- Justin Rose beat Lee Westwood on Friday to win the eight-player Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and earn a career-best $1.5 million.

The fifth-ranked Rose shot a 5-under 66 to defeat his Ryder Cup teammate and fellow Englishman by one stroke at the Antalya Club.

Rose, who won all of his five matches in the $5.3 million exhibition, birdied the opening hole on the PGA Sultan Course and led the rest of the way against his fourth-ranked opponent.

Westwood birdied the 16th to get back to one behind before Rose sealed the match by holing a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 17th. It was a similar length to the putt he made at the same hole in his Ryder Cup singles victory last month against Phil Mickelson.

On Thursday, Rose chipped in at the 17th to beat Tiger Woods in the semifinals.

''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.''

The paycheck is Rose's highest in his 14-year pro career and $560,000 more than his prize in capturing the 2011 BMW Championship.

''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 said. ''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.''

Westwood earned a check for $1 million for his efforts over four days.

''We both played well with just the slight difference on the greens,'' Westwood said. ''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.''

After the final, all eight players then participated in a Pro-Am. Turkish Golf President Ahmet Agaoglu was drawn to play alongside Woods.

Agaoglu was at the center of controversy earlier in the week when he allegedly head-butted a journalist while trying to move him away from Woods on the opening tee.

''I'm not nervous but what I want to do is make him nervous, as I will own him for the next four or five hours,'' he said with a smile. ''I paid for him to be here in Turkey, so he's my property this afternoon.''

Woods was reportedly paid a $3 million appearance fee to compete in Turkey. He also earned $600,000 as a semifinalist.

Rose had got the better of Westwood in the round-robin stage earler in the week, 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 semifinals.

And the Englishman again carded a round of 66 Friday, 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 semifinal 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 on the 17th, evoking memories of his monster putt on the same hole at Medinah as he birdied the last two holes to beat 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 4 and I make 5, 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."

Rose has now won more than $3 million in four weeks after claiming $1.6million for finishing second in the Tour Championship the week before the Ryder Cup. And he admitted his wife Kate might be upgrading the plans for the house they are currently having built in the Bahamas after his lucrative end to the season.

"I think the Tour Championship sparked the good play, for sure," Rose added. "I had not had a good FedEx Cup playoff run until then, it was nice to get in contention.

"I played in the last group every day in the Tour Championship and that's something I really enjoyed," he added. "That prepared me well for the Ryder Cup and I came off that with great feelings, the most amazing pressure putts of my life, and the 17th green has been really good to me again this week."