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PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Retief Goosen has spent the last nine years sorting out his own swing problems, and it's worked well enough to bring him two U.S. Open titles. But frustration reached a new level this year, which caused the stoic South African to do something radical by his standards.
 
Goosen hired a coach.

He is working with Gregor Jamieson, an instructor at Lake Nona in Orlando, and he already has seen some results. Goosen won the China Masters last week by three shots over Michael Campbell, his first victory of the year.
 
'I've not been very happy with the way things have been going,' Goosen said. 'I had to make a choice. I haven't used anyone for nine years. In a way, I've been too scared to go to somebody to work on your swing in case you get more confused. Gregor has been very simple with the way we've worked on things.'
 
The last coach Goosen had was Sam Frost, the younger brother of David Frost.
 
Goosen said he decided against some of the more established coaches, such as Butch Harmon or David Leadbetter, in part because he wanted his coach to devote as much time to him as needed. Jamieson works with a few European players, but it helps that the coach and player are at Lake Nona.
 
TIGER TRAFFIC
Rob McNamara wouldn't have to pay attention to Tiger Woods to appreciate how his year has gone. All he has do is look at the 'unique browsers' -- number of people visiting -- on Woods' Web site.
 
'There are peaks and valleys depending on how he makes news,' said McNamara, who runs tigerwoods.com. 'On the golf course or off the golf course, that thing really spikes.'
 
The unique browsers were about 8,000 a day until they leapt to 20,696 on June 7, the day Woods said he was ending his nine-week break from golf and entering the U.S. Open. It was relatively stable at about 15,000 during the week of the British Open, then hit 43,199 on the day he captured the claret jug, followed by 49,494 unique browsers the following day.
 
The same thing happened for the PGA Championship. Unique browsers went from 13,869 on Saturday when Woods pulled into a tie with Luke Donald, to 36,287 when he won by five shots at Medinah. The day after the PGA, there were 46,015 unique browsers.
 
Asked about his season after winning the American Express Championship for his sixth consecutive PGA TOUR victory, Woods referred to it as a loss because of his father's death in May.
 
That, too, was reflected on the Web site.
 
There were about 293,836 unique browsers on May 3, the day Woods announced his father's death on the Web site.
 
TURNING IT AROUND
Joe Durant found rock bottom in a Milwaukee hotel room this summer, and the rebound was amazing.
 
He had only one top 10 all year, a tie for fourth in New Orleans at the end of April, and was outside the top 125 on the money list when he returned to his room after a 1-over 71 that left him in danger of missing the cut. Then he discovered he had been robbed of his computer and briefcase that held his car keys, passports and electronic goodies.
 
'That was probably the low point of the year,' Durant said. 'I was so depressed.'
 
And that's why a 67 the next day felt like winning the U.S. Open. Durant tied for 62nd in Milwaukee, but he had felt himself climbing out of the hole, and a third-place finish the following week at the Buick Open essentially locked up his card for the year. The last three weeks have been the best, with a playoff loss in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, a tie for sixth in Las Vegas and his first victory in five years when he won Disney.
 
'Sometimes you just have to hit bottom to know where it is and start working your way back up,' Durant said.
 
STADIUM UPDATE
Florida went through an uneventful hurricane season, which could not have come at a better time for the PGA Tour during its renovation of the Stadium Course on the TPC at Sawgrass.
 
The home of The Players Championship is expected to reopen on Nov. 13 after a seven-month renovation. The frame of the Mediterranean-style clubhouse already is in place, and there's a chance that also might be ready when The Players Championship begins the second week in May.
 
But don't hold your breath.
 
'The good news is the clubhouse is on schedule,' commissioner Tim Finchem said at a charity luncheon Monday. 'The so-so news is that it's scheduled to open an hour before the first tee time.'
 
PARRY'S LAST RIDE
Craig Parry likely will play his final PGA TOUR event this week at the Chrysler Championship.
 
Parry has won 22 times around the world, including the NEC Invitational at Sahalee in 2002 and at Doral two years ago when he holed a 6-iron from the 18th fairway for eagle on the first playoff hole. The 40-year-old Australian is 179th on the money list and has no intention of going back to Q-school to retain his card.
 
But he's not retiring, either.
 
Parry told the Australian Associated Press last week that he will play the Japan PGA Tour, which is a shorter commute from Australia, and where he has a 10-year exemption from winning the 1997 Japan Open.
 
'It's not a hard decision,' Parry told AAP. 'I'm a little sick of the jet lag. It's a decision more about lifestyle than prize money. It's about getting to a place and feeling healthy and ready to play. I've had a good time in the States, but it's time to go home.'
 
Parry will return to the United States if eligible for a major or a World Golf Championship. And he will keep his home in Florida, renting it next year to Nick O'Hern, a fellow Aussie who wants a U.S. base.
 
DIVOTS
The Players Championship raised $2.7 million to be distributed among 90 charities in northeast Florida. ... Tests on Stephen Ames' back on Monday revealed no skeletal damage, only sore muscles. His agent said doctors have prescribed treatment and rest, and Ames is planning to play in the Skins Game on Thanksgiving weekend and the World Cup in Barbados on Dec. 7-10. ... Paul Azinger says he has spoken with the PGA of America about the Ryder Cup captaincy, although he did not classify it as a formal interview.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Justin Rose at Disney and Pat Perez at the Bob Hope Classic each shot 60 in the first round. Neither went on to win the tournament.
 
FINAL WORD
'It's an insult to Europe to say, 'What went wrong?'' -- Paul Azinger, on the U.S. losing to Europe by a record margin for the second straight time.
 
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