Gritty Rose gets the better of Woods

Gritty Rose gets the better of Woods

Justin Rose beat 14-times major champion Tiger Woods in the semifinals on Thursday to set up a title showdown with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood at the World Golf Final exhibition event.  

Rose (69) carded two birdies and an eagle in the last six holes to defeat world number two Woods, who eliminated top-ranked Rory McIlroy earlier in the day, by one shot.  
Westwood blitzed his way past 2011 US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel by six strokes, the world number four firing two eagles and eight birdies in a course record, 10-under 61.

Rose trailed Woods, who beat McIlroy by six strokes in their final Group One encounter,
until he holed a 110-yard sand wedge for an eagle two at the 14th.  

The American smiled while Rose pulled his cap over his face after his ball took two bounces and disappeared into the hole.  "When Justin birdied 13 and holed out at 14 it was the turning point in the match," Woods told reporters. "I was two up at the time and all of a sudden one down with four to play,’’ he added.

"But in this strokeplay 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,’’ Woods said.

Rose, who carded a 62 to defeat US Open champion Webb Simpson in the morning, agreed with the sentiments of Woods.  

"That shot at 14 was easily the turning point," said the Englishman. "In proper matchplay 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.

Woods and Schwartzel earned $600,000 each as semifinal losers while Westwood and Rose will go head to head on Friday for the first prize of $1.5 million in the inaugural event.
Westwood, who fired a 64 to defeat American Hunter Mahan in their last Group Two encounter in the morning, wrapped up victory over South African Schwartzel by sinking a 50-footer at the last hole.