Justin Rose held off a hard-charging Rory McIlroy and playing partner Bubba Watson to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral's Blue Monster Course on Sunday evening. Rose shot a two under 70 to finish at 16 under par, one better than long bomber Watson, who sprayed the ball all over the course after two straight dynamic rounds. in the 60s. Rose bogeyed the final hole at Doral but he still locked up the one-shot win against the best field in a tournament to date this season.
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McIlroy, who won last week at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach to become the No. 1 ranked player in the world, put on a hard charge on the back nine to make Rose sweat it out behind him. The Northern Irishman had a birdie and an eagle in two of his first three holes on the back nine, but the deficit was too much to make up, especially as he had to take risks which resulted in two more bogeys. Perhaps the biggest news on Sunday, however, was the withdrawal of Tiger Woods, who walked off the course on the 12 hole citing a left foot injury.