Goosen at the double

South African claims Madrid Open and Volvo title in playoff drama.

Golfmagic correspondent
Sun, 28 Oct 2001


South African Retief Goosen completed a remarkable double when he won the Telefonica Madrid Open and secured the Volvo Order of Merit title on the European Tour.

The 32-year-old rolled in a tricky downhill putt at the third extra hole to beat Midlander Steve Webster, who earlier was inches from claiming his first win on the European Tour.

Goosen held a two shot lead going into the final round but the 25-year-old kept snapping at his heels and when the US Open champion bunkered his approach at the 72nd hole and failed to convert his par, Webster stepped in to tie him on 20 under par.

Webster had a final round 66 to Goosen's 68.

Both parred the twice-played 18th in their shoot-out - Webster shaving the hole with his five-foot birdie attempt first time round - but at the third extra hole the par-3 17th, Webster narrowly missed with a 3-wood chip from the fringe.

Poker-faced Goosen then rolled in his downhill 15-footer for the win to become the first South African, since Dale Hayes in 1977 to win the European Moneylist and the Vardon Trophy.

Local favourite Diego Borrego battled to a 67 to finish in a tie for third with Brian Davis(62) on 19 under par. Borrego did just enough to avoid the qualifying school.

Fifth on 17 under was Marcus Brier of Austria and tied sixth, one behind, were Indian Jeev Milkha Singh(64), who also kept his card, Anders Hansen(66), Robert Coles (64) and Darren Clarke (67).

 

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