AKRON, Ohio – Retief Goosen was in the last two holes to win the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on Sunday at the Firestone Country Club for his first PGA TOUR Championship title.
The 50-year-old South African Hall of Famer broke a tie for the lead with a 15-foot putt on par 4 17 and managed a 10-foot par 4 18th for a 2-under 68 and a victory of two blows on Jay Haas and Tim Petrovic, 65 years old.
"It's been 10 years since I last won a tournament," said Goosen. "The nerves were there, and to get those nerves back a bit in the last few weeks, you know, you just have to put yourself in one position all the time to get used to it again and that's what I did." Fact and finally gave his fruits this week. "
Three strokes ahead after opening rounds of 69 and 62, Goosen threw a punch behind Scott Parel on Saturday with a 75.
"He played very well the first two rounds and then he did not play so bad yesterday, I just let the course surpass me," said Goosen. "And today I was playing hard again, it was hard to get close, it was hard to make little birds, but I was able to finish with four little birds in the last six or seven holes, so it was good to do it."
The two-time US Open champion bounced back from a bogey in par 4 first with an eagle in the par 5 second, then parred the next eight. He compensated for a double bogey in par 4 11 with birdies in par 3 12 and par 4 13, but dropped another blow in par 4 14. Firestone is a long-term venue on the PGA TOUR, home of the World Golf Championships event and previously of the World Series of Golf.
"It's an incredible course," said Goosen. "It's a golf course that goes to the streets is the number one priority, and even if you're on the street, sometimes it's hard for you to come in. It's an excellent golf course." This week he played hard with the way the wind blew. " . "
Haas, trying to become the oldest winner in the history of the tour, closed with a 67.
"It does not suit me at all," Haas said of Firestone. "But in the way he played, he played pretty fast on the streets and in everything, and if he could keep it on the street, he had a chance, but Retief is hitting an iron on 17. I'm hitting a pilot and that same ironing. "
Shot Petrovic 68.
"I've been fighting," Petrovic said. "I was doing something mediocre this year, I went back to work this week, I went back to the basics."
Parel had a 73 to tie for fourth place with Kent Jones (71) on 2 under.
"I think I'll probably do better the next time I'm here," Parel said. "I probably was not that prepared for the course, I probably needed to get a club, put another one here or there, it seemed like I was bitten more than anything today."
Steve Stricker, the leader of the first round after a 64, threw a 72 to finish sixth with 1 low. It came from a victory two weeks ago at the United States Open for seniors in North Dame, and it also won the main Tradition of the Regions in May.
"I just made too many mistakes again," Stricker said. "I did not have too many putts when I had some opportunities, and you have to have all the parts of your game working here, it's a big field, it was difficult, but it was a great week."