Golf: Woods-like 100m hole-out for eagle takes Rose into final

Justin Rose tees off. Photo / AP
Justin Rose tees off. Photo / AP

Justin Rose produced a Tiger Woods-like shot to defeat the 14-time major winner and set up a showdown with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood in the World Golf final yesterday.

World No 5 Rose was trailing in his semifinal tie against Woods until holing an improbable 100m wedge shot at the par four 14th for an eagle.

An embarrassed Rose then tried to cover his face with his cap en route to a round of two under 69 to defeat Woods who signed for a 70.

"When Justin birdied 13 and holed out at 14 it was the turning point in the match," said Woods.

"I was two up at the time and all of a sudden one down with four holes to play.

"But I haven't played this format since the Dunhill Cup in '98 so it's been a while, and it's a neat format as it's never over until it's done.

"There can be some big-time swings out there, as we saw with Justin at 14, but then it was a long day."

After having dealt with Woods, Rose now heads to the final "hungry" to finish in front of Westwood, his European Ryder Cup-winning teammate.

"I was really struggling early on today and to can that shot at 14 was easily the turning point," Rose said.

"In proper match-play you would only win the hole but in this format I've picked up two shots on Tiger and it's helped me win the match.

"There is very little history of Westwood and myself playing against each other but being the world No 5 at the moment it would be great to get one over the world No 4."

Westwood secured his passage to today's final with a new course record of a 10-under 61 to defeat former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who carded a 67 on the Sultan Course at the Antalya Club.

Westwood's round included two eagles along with eight birdies, including one of 15m at the last but also a fourth hole double bogey.

Westwood's score came some five hours after he shot a 64 to defeat American rival Hunter Mahan in the morning's weather-delayed third round.

Woods had earlier easily accounted for world No 1 Rory McIlroy in the first ever matchplay showdown between the pair to reach the last four.

Woods was always ahead, shooting a seven-under 64 to McIlroy's one-under 70.

McIlroy, who had already lost his opening two matches, began horribly against Woods when he found the water off the opening tee.

-AFP

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