Tour Championship shows Retief Goosen still done as a major player
Retief Goosen strolled into the final round of the Tour Championship, only three shots behind the unproven Bart Bryant. Goosen was playing in the final group, posed to put pressure on a golfer desperate for a breakthrough.
So what does Goosen do? He folds. On Sunday. Again.
This time it was a 4-over 74 on a course that was playing about as tough as grandparents are on their new grandkids. This included a stretch of three bogeys and a double bogey in five holes.
Which is nothing new for Goosen on Sundays. He shot an 81 when everyone was already handing him the U.S. Open title at Pinehurst. He put up a final round 74 at the British when he was within three shots of another lead. He never challenged Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship, though he was once again right there.
Seems like turning into a Pinehurst puddle has stayed with Goosen after all. Of course, this isn’t news. Some of us understood that Goosen was done as a major player minutes after his U.S. Open meltdown.
This is only worth bringing up because some of my loyal fans were gleefully posting about Goosen being back when he pulled into contention at the Tour Championship. Sorry, he can’t close. Once Goosen’s veneer of unflappability went up in smoke, so did his chance of winning big tournaments.
Notice how even Retief ogling Jennifer Mario has stopped talking about her one-time dreamboat?
It’s hard waiting for me to be wrong, I know…But you might want to watch that premature glee.
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Well since then he won The INTERNATIONAL and Linde German Masters, so I guess it didn't take away his ability to win.
Did it take away his ability to win in majors?
Well since then, there have only been 2 majors. First at the British, maybe Chris missed that one, but here is what happened. Tiger led from start to finish. Nobody really put him under any pressure, that applies to everyone else, as well as Goosen.
At the PGA, LOTS of people were in contention so lets not pin all the failure on Goosen. Tiger narrowly missed out too, you know.
PS.: In last years tour championships, TIGER threw away a 4 SHOT LEAD and ended up losing to Goosen by 4 shots. That was an 8 shot swing on Sunday AGAINST TIGER.
Personally, I'd say Goosen is likely to win more majors. Last season, the only 2 tournaments he won on the PGA were The US Open and The Tour Championships. Talk about peaking at the right time! He is not my favourite player by any means but he definetely isn't finished in majors.
Just like the Fed Ex commercial says, "you are always wrong."
As Shanks says, winning is tough. Bart Bryant came out strong, and Goosen couldn't respond. Neither could most others in the field. Tiger even struggled to try to close the gap. Bart should get his props for stellar play, and leave it at that.
If Goosen had been in the lead, maybe your argument would have merit. But he was a few back on the final round, and Bart came out and took the tournament by the neck. He put pressure on every other player to take chances to win. Goosen did, and paid the price for doing so. Second sucks for him, so whether he finised second or seventh was immaterial to him.
The good news - for him - is he's been here before. He was tied for the lead going into the final round at Augusta in 2002, blew up early and wound up with a 74 for 2nd place. But since then he's won 4 times on Tour including the '04 US Open, and a handful of other titles on the European Tour and elsewhere around the world.
I heard one of the announcers say he's been fighting his swing lately and, of course, when put under pressure bad things happen.
He really lost his nerve, coming down the stretch, once again, and hit it in the water.
Is this the end of Tiger Woods as a winner?
His confidence must be in tatters.
Tiger is probably finished as a major player.
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