Justin Rose wins Turkish Airlines World Golf Final jackpot

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JUSTIN Rose has earned a $1.5m payday by winning the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.

The Hampshire player beat Lee Westwood by one shot in this morning's final, in Antalya.

Rose carded a score of five-under in the medal match play competition, with his compatriot and Ryder Cup colleague finishing on four-under.

Former North Hants member Rose, who won all of his games in the pool stages before beating Tiger Woods and Westwood in the knockout rounds, picks up a cheque for $1.5m - about £935,000.

Westwood has to settle for the $1m runner-up prize.

Rose holed from 25ft for a birdie on the first, missed from five feet for another on the second and then holed from 12ft on the par-five third after missing the fairway with his drive and being forced to lay up.

Westwood had already hit a superb long-iron approach to within nine feet of the flag there, but was unable to convert the eagle putt and had to settle for a birdie to lie one under.

Rose was becoming increasingly annoyed by the amount of spectators taking pictures and his mood will not have been improved by seeing Westwood draw level on the seventh.

After his drive caught up on a grassy bank, Rose was unable to reach the green on the par-five in two and then missed from 15ft for birdie after his pitch pulled up quicker than he expected.
Westwood had hit another superb long-iron onto the green and two-putted from long range for a birdie to join Rose on two under.

Rose quickly regained his composure and birdied the par-three eighth from eight feet and the 10th from a similar distance.

That opened up a two-shot cushion after Westwood was unable to pick up any further shots, the world number four failing to take advantage of almost driving the short par-four ninth.

Westwood missed excellent birdie chances on the 13th and 14th and looked to be running out of time, but then crucially holed from eight feet for birdie on the 16th after a poor chip on the par five.

Rose had pitched up to three feet but surprisingly missed his birdie attempt to make the gap just one shot with two holes remaining.

But a birdie from Rose at the par-three 17th gave him a two stroke advantage going up the last, and although Westwood put the pressure on with a birdie of his own at 18, Rose secured the par necessary to take the title.

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