Goosen returns to winner's circle in Florida|
Palm Harbor, FL (Sports Network) - Retief Goosen posted just a one-under 70 on
Sunday, but it was enough for a one-stroke win over two players at the
Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, completed his seventh PGA Tour win at
eight-under-par 276. This was second time Goosen won this title. He hoisted
the trophy in 2003.
"I played pretty solid today," said Goosen, who earned $972,000 for the win.
"Of course, it wasn't easy."
Brett Quigley, who is still searching for his first PGA Tour crown, closed
with a three-under 68 to share second place with Charles Howell III (69) at
Steve Stricker owned a piece of the lead on the back nine, but bogeyed the
final two holes to post a two-under 69
He ended alongside Mathew Goggin (67) and Charlie Wi (69) at six-under-par
278. Wi led by one after 11 holes, but bogeyed three of the last six on the
Copperhead Course at Westin Innisbrook Resort.
Third-round leader Tom Lehman managed just one birdie in the final round as he
struggled to a four-over 75. That dropped him into a share of eighth at four-
Goosen made bogey on the second and was still one behind Lehman, who also
bogeyed No. 2.
"I made a good putt for bogey on the second hole and that sort of settled me
down a little bit," Goosen said.
The South African parred six straight from the third to fall two behind Wi,
who poured in three birdies in a four-hole span from the second. Wi also
birdied nine and 11 to move to nine-under.
The 40-year-old Goosen carded his lone birdie of the day on the par-four
ninth, where he chipped in to move to minus-seven.
After Wi bogeyed No. 13, Goosen jumped into the lead at nine-under as he
drained a 17-foot eagle putt on the par-five 11th.
Goosen parred four in a row from the 12th and his lead moved to two during
that span. He stumbled to a bogey on the 16th as his cushion dipped to one.
Goosen got up and down for par from the right rough on 17, then calmly two-
putted for par at the last to secure his second win at this event.
"That putt on 18 was tough. I was trying to leave it short and it still rolled
a yard past the hole," Goosen stated. "You know you've got to just get it
going, but it's hard to hit it that soft. I'd rather have the uphill putt
coming back than the downhill one."
Quigley opened with a birdie on the first, but he gave that shot back at the
fourth. Quigley atoned for that mistake with a birdie at five to get back to
He ran off seven straight pars before making birdies on 13 and 14 to get to
minus-seven. Quigley parred the final four holes to finish there.
Howell, whose last win was at the 2007 Nissan Open, traded a birdie for a
bogey from the first. His birdie at the fourth got him to six-under.
After six straight pars, Howell birdied the 11th and made it two in a row with
an 11-footer for birdie at 12.
Howell joined Goosen in the lead at minus-nine with a six-foot birdie effort
on the par-five 14th. However, he faltered to bogeys on the next two holes to
slide back to seven-under. Howell parred the last two to share second.
Steve Flesch closed with a two-under 69 to take seventh at five-under-par 278.
Lehman was joined in eighth at minus-four by Stuart Appleby (72), Kevin Na
(67) and Bo Van Pelt (66).
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