Shooting a round of 66 on Friday, Justin Rose won the World Golf Final defeating Lew Westwood by a single shot. The win earned Rose the winner’s check of $1.5 million, while Westwood took home $1 million for being runner up. The tournament consisted of an eight-player field with a group stage and then a knock out stage. Turkish Airlines sponsored the event.
During the tournaments group stage, Rose defeated Westwood his teammate on the European Ryder Cup team. In the final, Rose never trailed Westwood. Rose birdied the first hole to take the lead and on two occasions, Westwood was able to get even with Rose, but could not take the lead.
Both players played near perfect golf in the final as neither recorded a bogey, but Westwood had a number of birdie opportunities he did not convert and that eventually is what cost him the win. Westwood recorded a 61 in his semifinal round but was unable to duplicate his great play during the final. On hole 13, Westwood had a birdie opportunity from three feet and failed to convert.
Rose went up by two strokes on the 17th hole after sinking a birdie and even though Westwood birdied the last hole, it was not enough to overtake Rose.
Westwood was given much praise by the way he played from his opponent. Rose said that Westwood’s 61 in the semifinal was a masterpiece but golf is strange because in one round, you cannot miss and in the next, just the opposite can happen.