13 Oct 2012

Rose edges Westwood to win Turkish jackpot

7:01 am on 13 October 2012

Justin Rose is $1.8 million richer after defeating fellow Englishman Lee Westwood by one stroke to win the inaugural and lucrative World Golf Final matchplay event in Turkey.

World number five Rose shot a round of a five-under par 66 to hold off Westwood after he moved into a one-shot lead with a birdie on the opening hole and secured victory by holing a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

The prize cheque is the highest-ever in Rose's 14-year professional career.

World number four Westwood earned a cheque for $1.2 million for his efforts over the three days in the eight-player event that also included Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

The total prize pool was $6.5 million.