Pop down to a pub near his home at Ascot, west of London, and the chances are you'll see the South African quietly drinking with friends. No security, no police, no bother.
Despite his two U.S. Open titles and the fact that he's now a regular contender at the majors, Goosen prefers to let Woods, who hasn't won a major for two years, stay in the spotlight.
'I'd like to have it where it is at the moment, and go on how it is,' he said Wednesday before the British Open at Royal Troon. 'I'm pretty happy the way it is. I can do a lot of things Tiger Woods can't do.
'He can't just go and walk into the local pub and not be recognized. So for me, I can still walk down the local pub and sit in a corner there and have a drink with friends and not get bothered.'
That doesn't figure to change for Goosen even if he adds the British Open to his other majors.
He has four top 10 finishes in the oldest major, all in the last seven years, and one of them was at Troon in 1997.
'I've always liked the British Open,' he said. 'I always felt like, if I was going to win a major, this is the one I would. And I had a lot of top 10 finishes over the last few years. I just never really got it going long enough to give myself a chance to win it.
'Hopefully, this week I can get into some kind of position and give myself a chance on the weekend.'
Goosen carefully balances his appearances between the PGA and European Tours, and has been successful at both. Two weeks after his U.S. Open triumph he won his next tournament, the European Open, by five strokes at the K Club in Ireland.
He's got the two majors and 11 victories on the European Tour, but isn't often mentioned with the likes of Ernie Els or Vijay Singh.
'Probably not, but they've been around a little bit longer than me and played well for such a long time that you expect that,' he said. 'But I think I'll get a little bit more after the U.S. Open victory this time.
'If I keep playing well for another few years then it will start happening a bit more. It will happen the way it's happened for them.'
Goosen knows he might not have become U.S. Open champion if Phil Mickelson hadn't three-putted from five feet at the 17th at Shinnecock. But major championships are usually won by the players who make the fewest mistakes.
'Me and Phil, we played well down the back nine. He putted well and we had the same putts (at 17). He three-putted and I one-putted,' he said. 'That's when the turning point came.
'But you need the breaks, definitely on a golf course like this,' he said of the par 71, 7,175-yard Royal Troon course, which has the shortest and longest holes of all the Open courses.
'You need the right bounces. This golf course is rock hard at the moment. The only time you can stop the ball is when you play into the wind. But the par 4s are so long you can't reach the holes. It's going to be a patience game. If the weather blows, I don't think anyone will win this tournament under par.'
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