JUSTIN ROSE won the 2012 World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship this morning on a day of drama missed live by Australian golf fans because a local television network made a very strange decision.
Englishman Rose hung on to win his first WGC title and 10th international event in a fourth round at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral that saw challenges thrown up by a number of the world’s best golfers.
Chief among them was three stroke overnight leader Bubba Watson who blew his advantage on the front nine and ten fought back coming down the stretch.
Watson played a real “Bubba” like shot on the 18th, hitting a bullet of a four iron out of the palm trees on the left to within 10 foot of the hole. His birdie attempt that would have forced a playoff with the Englishman slid by the hole.
Rose, keeping warm and staying focussed on the practice tee, put away the clubs and began celebrating.
Rose had finished with a 2-under 70 to be 16-under for the tournament, one ahead of Watson with his erratic final round 74.
New world No.1 Rory McIlroy finished one stroke further back alone in third spot and showed he truly deserves his new title.
McIlroy started the day eight shots behind the leader and with an array of splendid shots fought back to be in real contention.
The 22 year old holed a bunker shot for eagle on the 12th hole and then pulled within one shot of the lead with a birdie on the 16th hole. He closed with a bogey for his 5-under 67.
Aaron Baddeley was the best placed Aussie, finishing with a 67 to be tied for 8th on 10-under.
First round leader Adam Scott who had a disastrous 74 in the third round fought back to finish alone in 12th spot on 10-under.
Woods injures Achilles tendon
With the US Masters fast approaching Tiger Woods has thrown a big scare into the American camp, pulling out after 11 holes with soreness in his left Achilles tendon. Woods said he would have it evaluated to determine the scope of the injury.
OneHD angers golf fans
Australian golf fans were less than impressed when OneHD didn’t find it within its resources to telecast the WGC Cadillac final round live on Monday morning.
When I (and others) saw the broadcast schedule late last week showing One was broadcasting the first three rounds live and then delaying the all-important final round broadcast for a day I thought it must have been an oversight.
Who broadcasts the first three rounds of a golf world championship event then ditches the final round?
The answer unfortunately is OneHD and the Ten Network.
There was a great deal of anger and frustration expressed on Twitter and on golf forums, to which Ten Sport responded they were contractually obligated to show the NASCAR race live instead.
The ridiculous thing is that while the NASCAR race was also broadcast live on pay tv (for those who care), the golf wasn’t.
We’re used to Channel 9 pulling this sort of crap in recent years with their non-broadcast of the British Open.
Time for these networks to either do a decent job of broadcasting these events, or pass on the rights.
One did eventually respond to the criticism and began a delayed broadcast of the Cadillac final round after the NASCAR telecast was completed at 9.34am. This unfortunately wasn’t live, but a delayed telecast of the final round from scratch that didn’t finish till around 3.30pm.