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Sunday 25 January 2015

Rose fightback denies Woods in Turkey

ANTALYA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 11: Justin Rose of England is congratulated by Tiger Woods of the after their match on day three of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final at the Antalya GC on October 11, 2012 in Antalya, Turkey. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

No dream final in Turkey, only dream golf from Lee Westwood. A 61 in the afternoon followed a 64 in the morning to guarantee Westwood $1m (£625,000) today when he goes up against Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose for the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final first prize of $1.5m.

Rose was the most unpopular man here last night after ousting Tiger Woods by a stroke in the semi-finals. There were arguably only two faces the Turkish public could put to the eight names that began this golfing jamboree. Woods was one, Rory McIlroy the other. Woods beat McIlroy in the morning and until Rose holed his approach at the 14th for an eagle, appeared to be accounting for him, too.

Rose was unrepentant. "I just felt way out of my rhythm early in the round. But I did enough, hung there and clicked into the match really during the last few holes," he said.

Westwood's 61 lowered the course record. His opponent, Charl Schwartzel, carded a four-under-par 67 and still lost by six strokes. Westwood said: "It was just one of those days where I got on a roll and the hole started to look bigger."

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