Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, Rosy beats Westy

Justin Rose beats Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood to win World Golf Final in Turkey

Justin Rose/getty images

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.

Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, Its Rose vs Westwood

Justin Rose: recorded a birdie at the 13th and then an eagle at the next to turn the tables on Tiger Woods

Justin Rose/getty

Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods in the semi’s of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final at the Antalya Club by one shot, in what he termed an “ugly match” The turning point was Justin’s chip for eagle at hole 14;

” It was a great day, it was an ugly match until the end. It was hard to come out and get a rhythm going this afternoon for the both of us. It felt like the Ryder Cup to be honest, the transition between morning and afternoon felt difficult there and today. There’s also a lot more noise and kerfuffle when playing with Tiger, but I hung in there and tried to draw upon the fast finishes I’ve had of late and got a stroke of luck on 14. I just had to look up and give Tiger a wry smile, there’s not much you can do about that.”

Tiger admitted that 14 was the momentum changer;

“That was a big switch right there. All of a sudden I was one down with four to go. It’s a neat format because it’s never over until the end, but it’s frustrating that I lost two matches by one shot and just did not play well enough to win those matches.”

Lee Westwood: carded six birdies on a blistering back nine to beat Charl Schwartzel by six strokes

Lee Westwood/getty

Lee Westwood was delighted to play some special golf to beat Charl Schwartzel in the other semi with a superb round of 61 to annihilate  Charl by six strokes;

” It was just one of those days where I got on a roll and the hole started to look bigger and that’s not happened for a while, it was pretty special stuff. I’m just pleased to be playing well and getting back in the swing of things after the Ryder Cup, with no hangover from that.”

When asked if he pleased that he was now guaranteed at least a million, Lee said;

“I hadn’t really thought about that. 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. I know what a luxury I have to play this game and play it for fortunes, it’s not often you see me miserable is it? I try and play with a smile because I know how lucky I am.”

Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals, Rain Delayed

A rain storm has delayed the progression of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals at the Antalya  Golf Club in Turkey.

In the morning matches at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals at the  Antalya  Golf Club, Tiger Woods won his match against Matt Kuchar by five shots. Tiger’s match on Tuesday was highlighted by an incident when the  president of the Turkish Golf Federation,  Ahmet Agaoglu, headbutted a photographer, just as Tiger was about to tee off on the 1st. Agaoglu announced later;

“They were pushing the security guards and one of them pushed me and I replied by pushing him back, as well. I am trying to make everything this week so perfect and it’s unfortunate my reaction happened. However, I will prepare a written apology and send it to him apologizing for my own actions. While organizing such tournaments I shouldn’t have to be there, but I am trying to make everything so perfect, It was unlucky it happened.”

Did he mean it was unlucky to get reported worldwide for the incident. It has also been reported that Agaoglu wants Tiger Woods as the headline attraction for the inaugural Turkish Open scheduled for next year, and is swooning and fawning all over the man in an attempt to lure him to the event. The Turkish Open will be an European Tour sanctioned event, and it has been suggested that Tiger Woods will play on the European Tour next year. Perhaps Tiger wants to emulate Luke Donald and become top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic.


Tiger and Matt, escorted by heavyweight security/getty images

Rory McIlroy lost his match against Charl Schwartzel and looks certain to be eliminated from the competition, unless he can beat Tiger by a considerable score. Rory seems happy enough to spend some time on the beach with his girlfriend tennis player Caroline Wozniacki;

“It looks like I’ll get to spend a day on the beach tomorrow, which will be nice. It was actually a decent match. I felt like I played a bit better today, had plenty of chances and just didn’t really hole much.I got off to a better start and Charl played solid and then birdied three of the last four so I couldn’t really do much about that.”

Speaking of his next match against Tiger, Rory said;

“I’ll try and keep him out of those semi-finals, I’m sure that’s not what the tournament wants but it’s what I’m going to try to do.”

Rory McIlroy, the Northern Ireland golfer

Rory/Umit Bektas/Reuters

In the other group Justin Rose shot a 66, to defeat Lee Westwood while Webb Simpson carded 65 ,the lowest score of the event so far, to overcome  Hunter Mahan by two shots. Justin has continued his good form from the Ryder Cup and could easily take this tournament trophy.

Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, Tiger and Rory lose

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy lost their first round matches in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, in Turkey at the Antalya  Golf Club. Tiger bogeyed the last hole to lose by one shot to  former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 6th hole during his PGA World Golf Final Group 1 match against Matt Kuchar of U.S. in Antalya, southern Turkey, October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

An unhappy Rory McIlroy/reuters

Rory said of his day;

” I hit my drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence. I now need to win both my matches tomorrow to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there today.”

The number one ranked Rory McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar, racking up some big numbers in the process including a triple-bogey and two double-bogeys.  Because it is medal match play, those high scores are much more costly than if it were straight match play, and it is now extremely unlikely that either Tiger or Rory will progress in this tournament. Only the top two players from each group go through to the semi finals.

A telling point about Rory’s state of mind, he had in tow his tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Matt Kutchar played in shorts, and said he had a quiet match;

“I just thought I had to play mistake-free and hopefully Rory wouldn’t get too hot. Then we were all square with four to go, he hits it right and makes a triple bogey and I go three up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point.”

Tiger commented about his play;

It came right down to the wire but I can’t believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker. It means I now have to play ‘Kooch’ and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon. Despite the outcome I really enjoy the format. It’s not something we play very often. I had a three-shot swing go against me on nine and a two-shot swing in my favor at 17 when I birdied the hole and Charl bogeyed.”

On the other side of the contest, Justin Rose won 71-75 over Hunter  Mahan, who failed to make a birdie. Then Lee Westwood defeated Webb Simpson by a stroke. Lee wore a huge smile on his face when he chipped in from off the green at the 17th to take charge of his match with Simpson, he said afterwards;

“I played a great shot there even though I did not have too good a lie. The ball was sitting down where TV cables had been but it just came out perfect. It landed in the right spot and as soon as it got on the green it looked like going in.”

The two semifinals will be determined for Thursday’s play with the finals taking place on Friday, the winner earning $1.5 million.

What I want to know is, why are these multi-millionaires competing  for a measly $1.5 winners purse, in a war-torn area. Syria has just recently attacked Turkey with missiles, are these guys really that desperate for another mill ?