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Rose to face Westwood in World Golf Final after seeing off Tiger

It will be a battle of the Englishmen in the withering heat of Turkey on Friday.

Justin Rose and Lee Westwood celebrate Europe's Ryder Cup win.
Justin Rose and Lee Westwood celebrate Europe's Ryder Cup win.
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JUSTIN ROSE PRODUCED a Tiger Woods-like shot to defeat the 14-time Major winning American and set up a showdown with compatriot Lee Westwood in the World Golf finals.

The world number five was trailing in his semi-final tie against Woods until holing an improbable 110-yard wedge shot at the par four, 14th hole for an eagle.

An embarrassed Rose then tried to cover his face with his cap en-route to a round of 2-Under par 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.”

A winner by any other name

After having dealt with Woods, Rose now heads to the final ‘hungry’ to finish in front of Westwood, his European Ryder Cup winning team mate.

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

“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.” He added:

I’ve now got Lee and while it’s an all-English affair I would dearly love to win this as I want to stay fresh and I want to stay hungry for the rest of the season.

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“There is very little history of Westwood and myself playing against each other but being the world’s number five at the moment it would be great to get one over the number four.”

Westwood secured his passage to Friday’s final when setting a new course record of a 10-Under par 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 a 50-footer at the last but also a fourth hole double bogey.

- © AFP, 2012

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