Goosen and Michael Campbell combined to beat Colin Montgomerie and American Chris DiMarco 5 and 4. The International team leads 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 in the two-day match play contest against a combination of Ryder Cup countries.
The Goodwill Trophy is being played on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Mission Hills Golf Club.
'Michael and Retief played very well and were 5 under after seven, while we showed plenty of goodwill with bogeys and double-bogeys,' Montgomerie said.
International duo K.J. Choi and Thongchai Jaidee had a 3 and 2 win over Paul Casey and Alejandro Canizares.
Asian pair Zhang Lianwei and Jeev Singh came back from four down after nine holes to split the point with English pair Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Welshman Bradley Dredge won the only full point for the combined Europe-United States team with a comfortable win over Australians Peter Senior and Paul Sheehan.
The captains will square off in Tuesday's singles matches.
Among the matches, DiMarco will take on Campbell, Stenson faces Singh and Donald plays against Thongchai.
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