Goosen Lefty Beat Woods Daly in Final Battle


RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Retief Goosen birdied four of the last six holes Monday to give he and Phil Mickelson a 5 & 3 win over Tiger Woods and John Daly at the Battle at The Bridges (Hole-By-Hole Details).
Goosen and Daly both had played this past weekend at the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe in Germany. They both faced jet-lag issues, but overcame them. Daly seemed more affected as he played 36 holes on Sunday before flying to this event, while Goosen missed the cut after Saturday's second round.
Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen
Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen share the final trophy from this event.
'I'll tell you what, Goose was unbelievably good. I thought jet-lag might kick in, it should be pretty early in the morning for him Germany time, but it didn't work out that way,' said Woods, who hosted this event for the seventh time. 'We had a good chance, if I make those two putts on 10 and 11 we're only one back, unfortunately I didn't make them and Goose just buried us from there.'
'I'm feeling a little weak right now, but that's no excuse for playing that bad,' Daly said.
Woods gave his duo an early lead in the best-ball, match play event. He birdied the second from seven feet out to gain a 1-up lead at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe.
After the teams halved the third, Mickelson made an eight-foot birdie putt on the fourth to win the hole and square the match. Mickelson and Goosen would never trail again.
With Mickelson out of the fifth, Goosen missed a 12-foot birdie try, but was given his par. Woods missed the green right and pitched on. However, his par-saving putt missed left.
Daly, playing this event for the second time, pitched his third shot to eight feet. Then, like Woods, Daly was unable to make his par putt.
Goosen and Woods each birdied the sixth to halve the hole. Their partners, Daly and Mickelson, halved the next with birdies.
Mickelson, who lives nearby and practices on this course frequently, carried his team over the next two holes as he halved the eighth with Woods and the ninth with Daly, a two-time major champion.
Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, then caught fire. He drained a 13-foot birdie on No. 10 then watched as Daly and Woods both missed birdie tries from shorter distances.
The South African gave his team a 3-up lead by making a 12-foot birdie putt at the 11th. Woods again had a chance to halve the hole, but his 10-foot birdie try lipped out.
Woods got his team back to 2-down with a birdie on the 12th. Goosen had missed a birdie try of his own.
Mickelson nearly holed his second shot at the par-four 13th. His shot came to rest within a foot of the hole and he was conceded the birdie. Woods had a chance to halve the hole, but his lengthy birdie attempt missed left and he dropped 3-down.
Daly nearly holed a birdie chip on the 14th and was given his par. Woods then missed a 20-footer for birdie, while Goosen calmly sank another birdie putt to give he and Mickelson a 4-up cushion with four to go.
It didn't take long for that pair to close out the match. Goosen dropped his shot within four feet of the cup at the par-four 15th. Woods' second shot came up short from a fairway bunker.
Daly's second stopped some 30 feet from the cup. Woods nearly hit the stick with his chip, but it rolled by the hole. Daly's birdie try slid by the right edge and he was conceded the par before Goosen kicked in his birdie putt for the 5 & 3 win.
'It's nice knowing these greens. If you read them right they're going to go in, especially if someone like Retief is rolling them,' said Mickelson. 'A year ago at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock, I wanted to break that putter of his and this week I just wanted to kiss it.'
'I started a little bit shaky, but Phil help guide me around here,' Goosen said. 'On the back nine we made some good putts, we combined very well.'
Goosen and Mickelson each received $600,000 for the win, while Woods and Daly got $250,000 apiece. A portion of each players' winnings will go to charity.
According to various reports, this is likely the last time this event will be played in its current format.