You Oughta Know: Goosen looks to go wire-to-wire


Conditions have been difficult all week at Riviera Country Club, but two-time U.S. Open champ Retief Goosen has maintained a veteran's poise. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Northern Trust Open, where Goosen leads by two shots:

  • Goosen last won on the PGA Tour at the 2009 Valspar Championship. Should he win, the 46-year-old would become the oldest winner of this event since Charlie Sifford, who won in 1969, also at age 46.
  • Goosen has shown an ability to close in the past, converting three of four previous 54-hole leads into victories. His last opportunity came in 2005, though, when he faded during the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and finished T-11.
  • Goosen has held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds at Riviera. He would become the first wire-to-wire winner this season, and first player to do so since Rory McIlroy at the Open Championship in July.
  • Graham DeLaet begins the final round two shots back in search of his first PGA Tour win. He would become the second Canadian to win this event, following Mike Weir who went back-to-back in 2003 and 2004.
  • DeLaet could become the fourth player since 1989 to make the Northern Trust his first victory, joining Kirk Triplett (2000), Len Mattiace (2002) and John Merrick (2013).
  • Sang-Moon Bae won earlier this season in California and will begin the final round at 5 under, tied for third and three shots back. Bae is in line for a third straight high finish at Riviera, after finishing T-12 last year and T-8 in 2013.
  • J.B. Holmes is alongside Bae at 5 under as he looks for his third straight top-10 finish. Holmes lost in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, then finished T-10 last week at Pebble Beach.
  • Defending champ Bubba Watson will begin the final round four shots behind Goosen. He will look to become the first back-to-back winner at Riviera since Phil Mickelson in 2008 and 2009.
  • After squandering a 54-hole lead last week, Jim Furyk is again in the mix at 4 under, four shots back. He remains in search of his first win since the 2010 Tour Championship.
  • Carlos Ortiz will begin the final round tied for third at 5 under. The Mexican won three times last year on the Tour en route to being named the circuit's Player of the Year for 2014.