Rose triumphs; Woods pulls out

Rose triumphs; Woods pulls out

England’s Justin Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday by one stroke from American Bubba Watson after former world number one Tiger Woods set off alarm bells by withdrawing mid-round with injury.

The composed Rose shot a final round 70 to finish at 16-under-par while Watson, who had led by three at the start of the day, ended at 15-under after closing with a 74.

"These moments are incredible and they are few and far between as a golfer," said Rose.
"There has been a lot of work going on with my game and days like this, where it just all shows up, makes it all worthwhile."

Watson missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole that would have forced a playoff but the left-handed American ultimately paid the price for four bogeys on the front nine.

Rose, who had played smart and tidy golf all week, offered a glimmer of hope to his rival when he bogeyed the 18th after driving into the rough then launching his approach over the back of the green.

The victory was the first in a WGC event for Rose and could move him into the top ten when the next edition of the world rankings are released.

There was drama midway through the round when Woods, clearly in discomfort, withdrew on the 12th hole with an Achilles tendon injury prompting concern about his fitness for next month's Masters.

Woods was three-over-par for the day and seemingly out of contention to win the tournament when he abruptly called it quits, returning to the carpark then driving himself off the course.

"In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time, I decided to do what I thought was necessary," he said in a statement.

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