Goosen Gets Back in the Saddle


2006 UBS Hong Kong ChampionshipAlready with one tournament under its belt for the 2007 season, the European Tour wraps up its two-week stay in China with the playing of the UBS Hong Kong Open.
Although Tiger Woods won't be in the field like last week, an otherwise strong field is set to tee it up at the Hong Kong Golf Club, including Retief Goosen, former champ Miguel Angel Jimenez and defending champion Colin Montgomerie.
Goosen, who held the 54-hole lead over Woods at last week's HSBC Champions, couldn't quite close the deal in Shanghai and finished in a disappointing tie for third. His four bogeys on the back side slipped him three shots back of eventual surprise winner Yong-Eun Yang of South Korea.
'On the back nine, I hit a couple of bad shots off the tee and didn't really give myself any birdie chances. You know, struggled with my swing out there so I didn't hit it as good as I would have liked to have hit it,' said Goosen after the round. 'Yang played very well, consistent. He's a good player, he proved himself winning over here. It's his first win on The European Tour, so we'll be seeing more of him next year.'
Yang, who became the first Korean to win on the European Tour, is playing again this week, although in the competing Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan - again alongside Woods.
Monty, who has won somewhere around the world at least once every year since 1993, returns to Hong Kong after winning in wild fashion last year.
South African James Kingston, playing in the final pairing and needing only a par to beat Monty, hit into the trees off the 18th tee and carded a double bogey to give Montgomerie the victory. It was the second consecutive year that Kingston blew the tournament on the final hole.
The UBS Hong Kong Open will once again by co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours and offers a purse of $2 million.
The tour will next head to Australia and New Zealand before finishing up 2006 with a pair of events in South Africa to close out the year.
The Golf Channel will carry all four rounds live beginning Thursday at 1 a.m. ET, with a re-air set for 9 a.m. each morning.
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