BELEK, Turkey — Justin Rose beat European Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood by a stroke Friday to win the eight-player World Golf Final and earn a career-best $1.5 million.
The fifth-ranked Rose shot a 5-under 66 in the all-English final at the Antalya Club to finish 5-0 in the $5.2 million exhibition event. Rose birdied the opening hole on the Sultan Course and led the rest of the way against the fourth-ranked Westwood.
Rose sealed the match by holing a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th. On Thursday, Rose chipped in at the 17th to beat Tiger Woods in the semifinals.
Mallinger on a roll
At San Martin, Calif., John Mallinger opened a four-stroke lead in the Frys.com Open, making an eagle and two birdies on the final four holes for a 9-under 62.
Mallinger eagled the par-5 15th and closed with consecutive birdies to cap his second straight bogey-free round and reach 14 under. He matched the CordeValle Golf Club record with the 62.
Billy Horschel and Jhonattan Vegas were second. Horschel had a 65, and Vegas shot 67.
Forsman has edge at Conover
At Conover, N.C., Dan Forsman shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk, David Frost and Larry Mize after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic.
Forsman had eight birdies and a bogey at Rock Barn Golf and Spa’s Jones Course.
Frost and Mize had bogey-free rounds, and Funk had four birdies and a closing eagle on the par-5 18th.
Choi tops LPGA Malaysia leader board
At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, defending champion Na Yeon Choi took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a 4-under 67 in hot and humid conditions to reach 10 under.
The U.S. Women’s Open winner in July for her first major title and only victory of the year, Choi was 11 under after birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. The South Korean player bogeyed the par-3 17th and closed with a par at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.