Goosen Escapes with German Victory

By Sports NetworkSeptember 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
2004 Linde German MastersCOLOGNE, Germany -- World No. 5 Retief Goosen shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Linde German Masters. The South African finished at 20-under-par 268 to win by one stroke over four players.
Goosen, who also titled last week at the China Masters and five weeks ago at The International, bogeyed the 18th with two players waiting on the final tee at minus-19.
But it didn't matter.
The final pairing of Nick Dougherty and Henrik Stenson both managed only par at the last to finish with matching 68s at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof. They shared second place with David Lynn (67) and Jose Maria Olazabal (66) at 19-under-par 269.
'I have come to Germany so many years now and not done any good,' said the 36-year-old Goosen, who won despite hitting just five fairways in the round. 'To finally win one here is great.
'I have never done well in the past around this golf course either, but this week the weather was great and my putter got hot and I holed a lot of putts.'
David Howell (66) finished alone in sixth place one stroke further back, while Paul Casey (66) and Anthony Wall (70) shared seventh at minus-17.
Goosen entered the round tied for the lead with Stenson, Dougherty and Wall at 15 under. He stumbled early with a double bogey at the par-4 second, but rebounded with four birdies on the front nine. His 18-foot birdie putt at No. 7 put him into a share of the lead with Lynn and Wall at minus-17.
Wall moved to the top of the leaderboard briefly at 18 under with three straight birdies from the fifth, but Goosen joined his playing partner there with a birdie at 10 and then took the outright lead with another birdie at the 12th.
Goosen made it two in a row with a birdie at No. 13, which he played at four- under for the tournament, before moving to 21 under with a birdie at the par-5 15th.
After two straight pars, the two-time U.S. Open champion had a disastrous 18th hole, where he drove a 3-wood into the water left of the fairway.
'The breeze was a little bit off the right, but not too much, and I just felt like hitting a solid 3-wood down the left side,' said Goosen, who played the final two holes at 2 over par for the tournament. 'As soon as I saw it flying through the air I knew it was in the water.'
Goosen then knocked a 9-iron within 5 feet to set up a par putt, which he missed.
'There was a slight chance that I could have played it, but where I had to drop it the rough wasn't very thick and I knew I could get on to the green in three shots,' said Goosen.
Angel Cabrera finished alone in ninth place at 16 under after a final-round 67. Kenneth Ferrie (67) and Ricardo Gonzalez (64) shared 10th place one stroke further back.
Gonzalez's 64 was the best score of the day by two strokes. He teed off in one of the middle pairings, showing those at the top of the overnight leaderboard that low scores were possible in the muggy and foggy conditions.
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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."