Published October 13, 2012
Rose wins World by a stroke
Justin Rose beat Lee Westwood on Friday to win the eight-player World Golf Final and earn a career-best $1.5 million. The fifth-ranked Rose shot a 5-under 66 to defeat his Ryder Cup teammate and fellow Englishman by one stroke at the Antalya Club in Turkey. Rose, who won all of his five matches in the $5.2 million exhibition, birdied the opening hole on the Sultan Course and led the rest of the way against his fourth-ranked opponent. Westwood birdied the 16th to get back to one behind before Rose sealed the match by holing a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 17th. It was a similar length to the putt he made at the same hole in his Ryder Cup singles victory last month against Phil Mickelson. “The 17th green has been really good to me this week, as I holed my second shot there yesterday and, of course, the 17th at Medinah turned around my match against Phil,” Rose said. “But you have to be pleased to go through this whole week after winning all my five matches.” The paycheck is Rose’s highest in his 14-year pro career. HISTORIC COURSE SOLD The Greenbrier resort is buying Oakhurst Links, one of the nation’s oldest golf courses, after it failed to sell at auction over the summer, the resort’s owner told The Associated Press. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. Oakhurst Links was built in 1884 and is a few miles north of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Va. CHIP SHOTS Steve LeBrun and Christopher DeForest share the 36-hole lead at 7-under 135 at the Web.com Tour’s Miccosukee Championship in wind-blown Miami. Tacoma’s Michael Putnam shot a 71 and is four shots off the pace. Olympia’s Andres Gonzales shot a 74 and failed to make the cut. … John Mallinger opened a four-stroke lead in the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif., making an eagle and two birdies on the final four holes for a 9-under 62. Tacoma’s Troy Kelly shot a 74 and did not qualify. … Past champion Bill Britton and Charlie Bolling shared the second-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Aldie Va. Britton, 56, the 2009 winner, shot a 2-under 70 in cold and windy conditions to match Bolling at 3-under 141. Bolling, 54, shot a 69. … Defending champion Na Yeon Choi took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a 4-under 67 in hot and humid weather to reach 10 under. … Dan Forsman shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk, David Frost and Larry Mize after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C. … England’s Ross Fisher shot a 4-under 67 in the second round of the European Tour’s Portugal Masters to increase his lead to three strokes.