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BELEK, Turkey—Justin Rose beat Lee Westwood on Friday to win the eight-player
World Golf Final and earn a career-best $1. Terrell Suggs Jersey .5 million. The
fifth-ranked Rose shot a 5-under 66 to defeat his Ryder Cup teammate and fellow
Englishman by one stroke at the Antalya Club. Rose, who won all of his five
matches in the $5.2 million exhibition, birdied the opening hole on the Sultan
Course and led the rest of the way against his fourth-ranked opponent. Westwood
birdied the 16th to get back to one behind before Rose sealed the match by
holing a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 17th. It was a similar length to the
putt he made at the same hole in his Ryder Cup singles victory last month
against Phil Mickelson. On Thursday, Rose chipped in at the 17th to beat
Tiger Woods in the semifinals of the $5.2 million event, sponsored by Turkish
Airlines. “The 17th green has been really good to me this week, as I holed my
second shot there yesterday and, of course, the 17th at Medinah turned around my
match against Phil,” Rose said. “But you have to be pleased to go through this
whole week after winning all my five matches.” The paycheque is Roses highest in
his 14-year pro career and $560,000 more than his prize in capturing the 2011
BMW Championship. “To not get beaten at all in the group stage and then to win
the two finals is a great feeling and its been a great week,” he said. “My golf
is just so consistent at the moment and the main thing is that I just dont have
any skeletons in the closet, and I dont have that loose shot that is plaguing me
all the time.” Westwood earned a check for $1 million for his efforts over three
days. “We both played well with just the slight difference on the greens,”
Westwood said. “Justin rolled some 20 footers, another crucial one at 17, while
the longest putt I made was eight or nine feet on 16. So I left a lot of chances
out there but that is the way it goes.” All eight players then participated in a
Pro-Am. Turkish Golf President Ahmet Agaoglu was drawn to play alongside Woods.
Agaoglu was at the centre of controversy earlier in the week when he allegedly
head-butted a journalist while trying to move him away from Woods on the opening
tee. Agaoglu was asked if he was nervous playing with Woods. “Im not nervous but
what I want to do is make him nervous, as I will own him for the next four or
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ahead of the July 27 opening of the London Games, the IOC is looking much
further ahead: Where will the Olympic flame burn eight years from now? Against a
backdrop of global financial turmoil and political uncertainty, International
Olympic Committee leaders meet in Quebec City this week to select a shortlist of
finalists for the 2020 Summer Games. It boils down to a risk assessment of the
five cities in contention—Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo, Doha and Baku, Azerbaijan.
The IOC executive board likely will reduce the field to three, possibly four,
finalists. Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid look certain to make the cut, with Baku a
longshot and Doha the big question mark. All five contenders are previous
bidders: Madrid is back for a third consecutive time, Tokyo a second time in a
row and Istanbul a fifth time overall; Doha and Baku both failed to make the
shortlist last time for the 2016 Games. “Its not really a question of numbers,
its more a question of where do we have the least risks,” IOC executive board
member Denis Oswald told The Associated Press. The finalists chosen Wednesday
will become official “candidate cities,” setting up a 17-month global bidding
campaign that will culminate with the IOC vote in September 2013 in Buenos
Aires. Wednesdays decision will be influenced by a technical evaluation report
on the five contenders compiled by a group of Olympic experts. The report will
be submitted to the board in Quebec, but the IOC will take intangible factors
into account as well. “This is the most difficult decision we have ever had to
take with regard to a shortlist,” IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach told the AP.
“We are living in a situation where the outlook is more difficult than ever in
economic terms. “In the past, it was difficult enough to look eight years ahead
and how the world will look like then. Now, its even more difficult. If we knew
how the world would look like at the end of this year, we would already be
happy.” The IOCs three-day meeting in Quebec comes during the SportAccord
conference, an industry convention attended by thousands of delegates. Also on
the IOC agenda: the progress in negotiations with the U.S. Olympic Committee on
resolving their long-standing revenue-sharing dispute; the possibility of Saudi
Arabia sending women athletes to the Olympics for the first time; the status of
Kuwait and Kosovo; and the ethics probe involving IOC member Pal Schmitt, who
resigned as president of Hungary last month in a plagiarism scandal. All five
2020 candidates carry considerable baggage. Madrid is bidding amid Spains
economic meltdown; Turkey is torn between the Olympics and footballs 2020
European Championship; Japan is still recovering from last years earthquake and
tsunami disaster; Doha poses challenges of heat, timing of events and holding
the games in October; Baku has limited experience in hosting international
sports events. “Therre are complications in all five applicant cities which will
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the two previous summer games bid contests in which London defeated Paris,
Madrid and New York for 2012, and Rio de Janeiro beat Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago
for 2016. “Were in a different world than the one we were in five or six years
ago,” IOC finance commission chairman Richard Carrion said. Doha and Baku—
both flush with cash from oil and gas reserves—are the two bids where money
is not an object. While FIFA chose tiny Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, it
will take much more to convince the IOC that Doha can also hold the Olympics.
The IOC allowed Doha to bid based on Qatars proposal to hold the games from Oct.
2-18 to avoid the brutal summer heat, but officials remain concerned about the
weather, the scheduling of outdoor endurance events and potential conflicts with
other major sports going on at that time of year. IOC leaders are also
determined to avoid any potential controversies following the corruption
allegations that shadowed FIFAs selection of Qatar for the World Cup. Rome,
considered a potential 2020 favourite, pulled out of the bidding in February
when the Italian government declined to provide financial guarantees for the
project at a time of economic austerity. Despite Spains severe debt crisis and
unemployment rate, Madrid insists it will remain in the race, contending it has
few Olympic facilities still to build and will use the games as a catalyst to
help the economic recovery. The IOC is intent on keeping Madrid in the field,
despite the potential domestic pressures on the Spanish capital to pull out
later because of the financial crisis. At the moment, Tokyo would seem the
strongest contender with the least risks. Japans economy is showing gradual
recovery from the tsunami catastrophe, but the Japanese bid may later be
disadvantaged by geography—the 2018 Winter Games will be held in Asia, in the
South Korean resort of Pyeongchang. One element of uncertainty was eased last
week, involving Istanbuls bid and Turkeys rival candidacy to host Euro 2020. The
IOC has made clear Turkey cannot hold both events in the same year. Turkey had
been the only the candidate for the Euros until Scotland, Ireland and Wales
expressed interest in a joint bid and Georgia also came forward ahead of the May
15 deadline. UEFA has since reopened the bid process for another 18 months and
scheduled the final decision for early 2014. With Istanbuls Olympic bid now
having breathing room, the IOC is expected to include the city on the shortlist
but with a clear message that Turkey will not be able to stage the Euros as
well. “Of course this issue will be discussed by the board, but we have seen the
guarantees by the Turkish government and the NOC (national Olympic committee),”
Bach said. “With regard to the commitment, I have no doubt.” ’ ’ ’ 

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