Rose tops Woods, faces Westwood in finals in Turkey

By Ryan LavnerOctober 11, 2012, 2:33 pm

Lee Westwood carded a double bogey and still shot 10-under 61 Thursday to reach the championship match of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals.

Justin Rose’s route proved a bit more arduous.

In need of a spark during his semifinal match against Tiger Woods, Rose birdied the 13th, then made eagle on 14th to go from two shots behind to one ahead en route to a 69-70 victory.

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Now, Rose will meet Westwood in an all-English final Friday that pits teammates from the victorious European Ryder Cup team. At stake: a $1.5 million first-place prize.

But if Westwood plays anything like he did Thursday at Antalya Golf Club, he’ll be nearly impossible to beat.

The world No. 4 shot 64 in the morning to defeat Webb Simpson by three shots, then saved his best performance of the week for his semifinal match against Charl Schwartzel (67). Westwood eagled the par-4 third, double-bogeyed No. 4, and then ripped off eight birdies and an eagle the rest of the way for a 61, the low round of the week.

“It was just one of those days when I was on a roll,” he told reporters. “I am just pleased to be swinging at the ball well. It seemed the hole just got bigger and bigger with each hole I played, and that hasn’t happened in a while.”

As for Woods, he mixed three birdies and two bogeys in a losing effort.

“When Justin birdied 13 and holed out at 14, it was the turning point in the match,” he said, according to published reports. “I was two up at the time and all of a sudden, I’m one down with four to play. 

“But in this stroke-play format, it’s not over until it’s done. There can be some big swings out there, and it’s certainly frustrating when I’ve lost two matches by a shot this week.” 

Not soon to be forgotten, of course, was Woods’ dominating takedown of world No. 1 and budding rival Rory McIlroy in Thursday morning’s match. Tiger shot a bogeyless 64, while Rory slogged his way to a 70 in front of his tennis-star girlfriend.

Not that the Northern Irishman was too distraught. “I’m not that disappointed,” he said afterward, “because I’ve got the afternoon off around the pool.”

Perhaps now he can save a lounge chair for Woods.

Els receives Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.