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Justin Rose relived his winning part in the “Miracle at Medinah” to beat Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood for the second time in three days to win the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final at Antalya Golf Course in Turkey.
Justin carded another round of 66 yesterday to win by just a shot, Lee was unable to reproduce the form that helped him shoot 64 in his final group match and then a stunning round of 61 a few hours later in his semi-final win over former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
Although Justin never trailed in the match, however he saw a two-shot lead cut in half on the 16th hole, when he missed from three feet for birdie after Lee had holed from three times the distance. Justin said of the match;
“I hit a poor putt on 16 and Lee flipped the script on me. I thought his ball was in the hazard, it was actually plugged in the rough, and then he makes 4 and I make 5. From that moment, 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.”
Lee settled for $1 million second prize, and said the only difference between them was in the putting department;
” We both played really well, the slight difference was on the greens. Justin rolled in a couple of 20-foot putts, one crucial one on 17, and the longest I made was nine feet on 16. I left a lot of chances out there but it’s been a great week and that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
I predicted a couple of days ago that Justin was still fired up after the Ryder Cup, and would go on to win this trophy.