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Rose eyes up a bigger bounty

GOLF: Justin Rose was today hoping a second victory over Lee Westwood in three days could make a $500,000 difference in a payday already guaranteed to be seven figures.

Rose beat Ryder Cup team-mate Westwood in the group stages of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final on Wednesday, and yesterday saw off 14-time major winner Tiger Woods in the semi-finals at Antalya Golf Club.

Westwood shot rounds of 64 and 61 in beating Hunter Mahan and Charl Schwartzel in his final group game and semi-final respectively, the latter round containing eight birdies, two eagles and a double bogey.

Today's winner will take away $1.5million with the runner-up claiming $1m, while the beaten semi-finalists collected $600,000 and even Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan pocketed $300,000, despite failing to win a single game.

Rose, who played a starring role in Europe's Ryder Cup triumph at Medinah, said: "Doral is my only win of the season but I would look at this as another win even if it's only against eight guys -- it's a world-class field."

Meanwhile, Australia's Nick O'Hern carded a flawless nine-under-par 62 to lead the Frys.com Open by three strokes at the end of day one.

In carding nine birdies and no bogeys, O'Hern equalled the CordeValle course record and established a three-shot cushion from early leader Jhonattan Vegas, Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts and Derek Ernst.



Lewis leads in Korea

F1: Lewis Hamilton kept Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso off the top of the timesheets in today's first free practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

McLaren's Hamilton needs a victory on Sunday to get back into a title fight that looks increasingly like a duel between Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, and the Briton lapped the dusty Yeongam circuit with a best time of one minute 39.148 seconds.



Irish World Cup bid

EQUESTRIAN: Oslo hosts the first round of the 2012/2013 season of the FEI Rolex World Cup this weekend.

Appearing in the Telenor indoor arena will be three riders from Ireland -- Dermott Lennon, Denis Lynch and John Hickey -- all hoping for valuable ranking points and a share of the World Cup's €140,000 prize money on Sunday afternoon, with a Range Rover Evoque going to the winner of the competition.

Last year's World Cup Final was won by the Irish Sport Horse stallion Flexible, ridden by the USA's Rich Fellers.


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