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Rose downs Westwood for $1.5 million prize

BELEK, Turkey — Justin Rose beat Lee Westwood on Friday to win the eight-player World Golf Final and earn a career-best $1.5 million.

Rose shot 5-under 66 to defeat his European Ryder Cup teammate by one stroke at the Antalya Club.

Rose won all of his five matches in the $5.2 million, eight-player exhibition that included Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

"My golf is just so consistent at the moment," he said. "And the main thing is that I just don't have any skeletons in the closet, and I don't have that loose shot that is plaguing me all the time."

Westwood earned a check for $1 million for his efforts over three days. "We both played well, with just the slight difference on the greens," Westwood said of himself and Rose.

All eight players then participated in a pro-am. Turkish Golf president Ahmet Agaoglu was drawn to play alongside Woods. Agaoglu was at the center of controversy this week when he was accused of head-butting a journalist while trying to move him away from Woods on the opening tee.

Agaoglu was asked if he was nervous playing with Woods. "I'm not nervous, but what I want to do is make him nervous, as I will own him for the next four or five hours," he said with a smile. "I paid for him to be here in Turkey, so he's my property this afternoon."

Woods reportedly was paid a $3 million appearance fee to compete in Turkey. He also earned $600,000 as a semifinalist. He lost to Rose in the semis.

Pga: John Mallinger opened a four-stroke lead in the Open, making an eagle and two birdies on the final four holes for 9-under 62 at San Martin, Calif. He was at 14-under 128. Billy Horschel (65) and Jhonattan Vegas (67) were second. First-round leader Nick O'Hern shot 71 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 under with European Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts (68) and Scott Dunlap (63). Tampa resident Ryuji Imada (70) was 2 under.

LPGA: Defending champion Na Yeon Choi took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting 4-under 67 to reach 10-under 132 at Kuala Lumpur. Tour rookie Sydnee Michaels was second after 65. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (72) was at par 142, and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (73) was 2 over.

champions: Dan Forsman overcame back problems to shoot 7-under 65 and take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk, David Frost and Larry Mize in the Greater Hickory Classic at Conover, N.C. Forsman pulled a back muscle two weeks ago. "I hadn't struck a ball until (Thursday)," he said.

Rose downs Westwood for $1.5 million prize 10/12/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 10:29pm]
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