Goosen wins German Masters

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Retief Goosen put himself in line for a third European Tour order of merit with a one-shot victory at the German Masters.

Goosen wins German Masters

Cologne: South Africa's Retief Goosen put himself in line for a third European Tour order of merit with a one-shot victory at the German Masters on Sunday. Goosen's first European success of the season, which took him to the top of Europe's money list at the expense of New Zealander Michael Campbell, came after he fired a five-under-par 67 to finish at 20-under-par 268. It was hard-earned, though, as the twice US Open champion had to come back from a double-bogey six at the second hole and a visit to a water hazard at the last. Britain's Nick Dougherty (68) and Swede Henrik Stenson (68) both needed to birdie the last to force a playoff with Goosen but fell short to share second place with Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal (66) and another Briton, David Lynn (67). Goosen started the final round in a four-way tie for the lead but fell back when he double-bogeyed the second, having taken a penalty shot after hitting into trees and then three-putting. Although his playing partner Anthony Wall of Britain then took charge, Goosen rallied with birdies at the third, fifth, sixth and seventh before forging ahead on his own after picking up further shots on 10 and 12. Two strokes clear playing the last, Goosen almost cost himself victory when he drove well left into bullrushes. However, the 36-year-old South African conjured up the shot of the week to set up his 12th European Tour success and back-to-back titles after winning last week's China Masters. Forced to take his second penalty drop of the round, Goosen struck a nine-iron approach to just four feet at the last. Although his par-saving putt was struck too hard and rimmed out of the cup, he had done enough to secure the first prize of $627,000 and dislodge Campbell from the top of the European money list. (AP)
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