Rose tops Westwood to win World Golf Final


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.

Westwood earned $1 million.

Mallinger holds 4-stroke

lead at Frys.com Open

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.

First-round leader Nick O’Hern followed his opening 62 with a 71 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 under with European Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts and Scott Dunlap. Colsaerts had a 68, and Dunlap shot 63.

Colsaerts is a special temporary PGA Tour member and needs to finish the equivalent of 125th on the money list to earn a full 2013 card. The Belgian player has earned $652,886, enough now for the 120th spot.

British Open winner Ernie Els was 3 under after a 68.

Choi ahead

by 2 LPGA Malaysia

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.

American Sydnee Michaels was second after a 65. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen shot a tournament-record 64 to match American Lizette Salas and Japan’s Momoko Ueda and Mika Miyazato at 7 under. Salas had a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th in her 67. Ueda also shot 67, and Miyazato had a 69.

Min Lee, the 17-year-old Taiwanese amateur who opened with a 66, was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after shooting a 73. She signed for a 4 on the par-4 13th, but made a 5. Lee also was disqualified last month for signing an incorrect scorecard after the Taiwan Amateur Championship, costing her a victory.

Forsman leads in north

Carolina tournament

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. He won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii in January for his third Champions Tour title.

Frost and Mize had bogey-free rounds, and Funk had four birdies and a closing eagle on the par-5 18th.

Defending champion Mark Wiebe and Jay Don Blake shot 67. Wiebe had a hole-in-one on No. 3.

Tom Lehman, 69 points behind leader Bernhard Langer in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, opened with a 68. Langer, the winner Sunday in the SAS Championship in Cary, had a 70.