Rose wins WGC at the Blue Monster

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Updated: March 12, 2012

Justin Rose claimed the biggest victory of his career in Miami on Sunday when he won the World Golf Championship’s Cadillac Championship at the Doral Golf Resorts Blue Monster.

Rose picked up his fourth title on the US PGA Tour by firing a closing 2-under 70 for a 16-under total that edged out overnight leader Bubba Watson (74) by a stroke in a final day thriller packed with high drama.

Rory McIlroy, the newly-crowned World No 1, was one of the stand-outs who contributed to the drama, the 22-year-old Northern Irishman closing with a 67 that took him from near no-hoper after the first round to third place, just two shots behind Rose.

Tiger Woods also played his part in the drama, like McIlroy, Woods had come on strong in the second and third rounds after a slow first round, but unlike the Ulsterman, the luckless Woods began to crash and burn early on the final day and had dropped three shots without making a birdie when he limped out of the event on the 11th hole, leaving a strong impression that he won’t be teeing off in next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and even, perhaps, next month’s Masters.