Oct 11 2012
Lee Westwood and Justin Rose are guaranteed USD 1million each after making it an all-English final of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final - but Rory McIlroy had to settle for 'just' USD 300,000 after finishing last in the eight-man exhibition.
McIlroy lost all three of his group games in Antalya, including by six shots to Tiger Woods on Thursday morning, but was more than happy to spend the afternoon on the beach with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki instead of contesting the semi-finals.
Those came down to clashes between Woods and Rose and Westwood and Charl Schwartzel, with Westwood following his morning 64 against Hunter Mahan with a stunning 61 - which included a double bogey - to beat the former Masters champion Schwartzel by six shots. And Rose then turned around his match with Woods in spectacular fashion.
He recovered from two behind after 12 with a birdie on the 13th and an eagle on the 14th, where his approach pitched just inches from the hole and span back into the cup.
Both players then birdied the par-five 16th and when Woods missed from 15ft for birdie on the last to force sudden death, Rose was certain of a seven-figure payday.
First prize on Friday is USD 1.5million (£935,000) with 1million (£623,000) to the runner-up, while Schwartzel and Woods collected USD600,000 (£374,000) as losing semi-finalists.