But in an era increasingly dominated by players nearly half his age, he proved Thursday that he’s still got plenty of game.
Goosen posted a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the Northern Trust Open, carding seven birdies against just two bogeys.
“Today was nice, I hit a lot of good shots that ended up good, which helps,” he explained with a smile. “But that was mainly the putter today. I made a lot of good putts, a couple of good par saves here and there, like I say, on No. 2 and 8 was good par saves from about 10, 12 feet. So those sort of putts keeps your round going.”
Goosen insisted that he played well during a 53rd-place finish at Torrey Pines in his most recent start but just got unlucky. On Thursday, the luck went his way.
“I would say I've not been putting so well. I putted pretty poorly at the Humana. But then I changed the loft on my putter a little bit. I took a little bit of loft off it and it seems to sit a little better. Like I say, at Torrey, I felt like I was starting to make a few good strokes. Although I wasn't making much, but just felt like the putter was sitting nice for me, and today especially, you get those days when you put a putter down it's aiming where you want it to go.”