Westwood and Rose to meet in final
Article posted: 11 October 2012
It was just one of those days where I got on a roll and the hole started to look bigger - it was pretty special stuff
Lee Westwood and Justin Rose will compete for $1.5million in the final of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final on Friday.
Westwood shot a majestic ten under par 61 – a course record – to beat Charl Schwartzel by five shots and progress to the final of the inaugural event at Antalya Golf Club, Belek.
Rose, meanwhile, made two birdies and an eagle in his last six holes to card two under 68 and edge out Tiger Woods, the world number two, by one shot.
"It was just one of those days where I got on a roll and the hole started to look bigger," said Westwood, who inflicted a first defeat of the tournament on Schwartzel, his ISM stablemate, who had earlier made it three wins out of three in the group stages with a two-shot win (63-65) over Matt Kuchar. "It was pretty special stuff."
Westwood finished 17 under for the day after sealing his place in the semis with a five-shot win over Hunter Mahan in his third group game, played in the morning after a huge thunderstorm caused Wednesday’s afternoon session to be cancelled.
The world number four was asked about being guaranteed $1m in the final.
"I hadn't really thought about that," said Westwood. "It's nice, obviously. I have been successful in golf and done very well, and I am in the fortunate position now of going to tournaments with the sole purpose of trying to win."
Earlier in the day, Rose broke the course record, albeit briefly, after carding a 62 to defeat Webb Simpson, the US Open champion, in his last group game, while Woods sealed his place in the semis after carding a seven under par 64 to beat Rory McIlroy by six shots.
"It's now an all-English final with Lee," said Rose. "I would dearly love to win as I want to stay fresh and hungry for the rest of the season.
"There is very little history of Westwood and me playing each other but being the world number five at the moment it would be great to get one over the world number four."