Goosen looking good for Augusta

Atlanta win just the spur needed for South African

Bob Warters's picture
Mon, 8 Apr 2002
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Retief Goosen, will climb into the back seat of a limousine this afternoon with his wife Tracy and take the three-hour drive along Interstate Highway 20 to Augusta full of confidence that he can add the US Masters to the US Open he claimed last June.

The South African duly won the BellSouth Classic, in Atlanta last night - his seventh tournament win in less than 12 months - by four strokes.

For Phil Mickelson it's likely to be more of bumpy ride on the back of yet another last round failure, having led at TPC Sugarloaf by two strokes with 17 to play.

When Goosen double-bogeyed the opening hole, the American shot into the lead but bogeys at the fourth, eighth and 14th knocked him back as he aggressively went for the jugular.

To be fair a spectacular chip-in by Goosen from 100-feet at the fourth helped his cause as Mickelson struggled and eventually sliced his appraoch to the final hole into the water.

Goosen's 16 under par total put him well clear of Jesper Parnevik, who finished with a 65, including a 58-foot eagle putt on the final green.

Padraig Harrington - four bogeys on the front nine - Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood had early hopes of making an impact on the eve of the Masters, but it failed to materialise.

Montgomerie triple-bogeyed the 389-yard third as he fell back from 13th at the start of the day to 18th while Westwood had to birdie the last for a 76.

All will take the ride to Augusta, but it's Goosen who will arrive more refreshed an confident.

 

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