Justin Rose produces late turnaround to beat Tiger Woods in the last four of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
Justin Rose was happy to triumph in an "ugly match" against Tiger Woods at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.
Last Updated: 11/10/12 5:54pm
The Englishman found himself two behind through 12 holes against Woods before turning the tables on his opponent over the closing holes, recording a birdie at the 13th and then an eagle at the next.
When the American failed to force a play-off at the last green with his failure to sink a 15-foot putt, Rose was certain of a place in the final - where he will meet compatriot Lee Westwood - and a seven-figure payday.
"It was a great day," said Rose, who will collect $1million (£623,000) even if he finishes as a runner-up. "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 (Rose birdied the last two holes to beat Phil Mickelson at the Ryder Cup recently) 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."
Woods admitted that the chip-in had been the key moment of the contest, saying: "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."