Goosen Notches First Win of the Season

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Retief Goosen collected seven points in the final round Sunday to erase a nine-point deficit and win The International. Goosen finished with 32 points.
 
Brandt Jobe, who had 34 points after three rounds and led by nine points, struggled to minus-three points in the final round to fall into second place with 31.
 
Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen came from nine points back for his first title of the season.
Jeff Brehaut picked up 16 points during Sunday's two rounds to move into third place with 29. Long-hitting Hank Kuehne got 10 points in the final round to end in fourth with 27, while Charles Howell III picked up just four points over the final two rounds to end alone in fifth with 26 points.
 
After Thursday's play was completely washed out, the first and second rounds were pushed back one day and the final 36 holes were played on Sunday.
 
The International uses the modified Stableford scoring system in which players are awarded eight points for double-eagles, five for eagles and two for birdies. They lose one point for bogeys and three points for double-bogeys or worse.
 
Goosen, who played the back nine first in the third round, went off the front side in the final round Sunday. He opened with a birdie on the first at Castle Pines Golf Club to move to 27 points.
 
'I got off to a very good start this morning starting on the 10th,' said Goosen. 'I birdied two of the first three holes and then played pretty solid and then made very bad bogeys on Nos. 17, 18 and 1. That really put my momentum down a bit, but I played okay after that. Then started off well again this afternoon.'
 
The two-time U.S. Open champion picked up two more points with a birdie on the third. Goosen lost one point with a bogey on the seventh.
 
Goosen came right back with birdies on eight and nine to jump to 32 points. Around the turn, he struggled to a bogey on No. 10.
 
The 36-year-old faltered to the third bogey of his final round on the par-4 13th to drop back to 30 points. Goosen parred his next three holes before birdieing the 17th to get to 32 points. That would prove to be the winning putt as he parred the last and Jobe was unable to catch him.
 
'Obviously when you win a tournament, you put four good rounds together, and I haven't been doing that this year,' said Goosen, who earned $900,000 for the win. 'I would have three good rounds with a bad round in between.
 
'I think I putted quite nicely this week, and that sort of is the key. I worked quite hard on my putting in the last two months to get that to where I was striking the ball well, so it saved me a few strokes this week.'
 
Jobe ended his third round with three straight birdies to enter the final round with a nine-point lead. He opened with a birdie on the first to move to 36 points.
 
The 40-year-old bogeyed the second. Jobe picked up on No. 4 after hitting his bunker shot well over a green and under a tree. The pick up meant he dropped three points on the hole and that dropped him to 32 points.
 
Jobe slid to 30 points after bogeys on seven and eight. He cruised around the turn with five straight pars.
 
The Oklahoma-native dropped another shot on the 14th to give back another point. Jobe birdied the 17th to get within one of Goosen. Jobe needed a birdie at the last to win, but he could only manage a par to end alone in second place.
 
'It's a great week. I did play some good golf,' Jobe said. 'Unfortunately I played nine terrible holes this afternoon.'
 
Jobe is playing this season on a major medical exemption after missing plenty of time over the past two years due to a hand injury.
 
'In 2003, I shattered what's called the hook of the hamate,' said Jobe. 'I had surgery in 2003 and was out most of the year. I started in 2004 and playing at my fourth tournament, I shattered it again, and went back to the same doctor. It's never happened. I was like some freak of nature because surgery is supposed to take away the bone. There's not supposed to be anything there.
 
'The second one was worse because when he went in there I guess it had some artery problems and a bunch of things, and I lost the feeling in my hand. But it took a good seven or eight months until I was feeling pretty healthy, and that's kind of when I started up this year.'
 
Rod Pampling, the 2004 champion, collected 12 points over the last two rounds, to move into a share of sixth place with 24 points. He was joined there by Tim Clark, Tim Petrovic and Joey Snyder III. Scott McCarron and former Masters champion Phil Mickelson were one point further back with 23.
 
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    McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

    McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

    That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

    “I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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    McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

    Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

    “I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

    “So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

    McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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    Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

    Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

    His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

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    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.