Bridgestone Senior Players Championship R2

Retief Goosen takes lead with 62

July 11-14
Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
$2,800,000
Round 1. Round 3, Round 4

Retief Goosen shot an 8-under 62 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, the fourth of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major tournaments.


After returning in the morning to birdie the 18th for a 69 in the rain-delayed first round, Goosen made an 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5 second hole in the second round and added six birdies in the bogey-free round at Firestone Country Club.

”I got it off to a nice flying start on my 18th hole at 7 this morning. I birdied 18 this morning, then went back to the hotel, had an hour and a half sleep again. Came back out and continued the great play after that.”

The 50-year-old South African is winless in 11 starts in his first season on the senior tour, losing a playoff to Jerry Kelly last month in the American Family Insurance Championship. Goosen won seven times on the PGA Tour, taking major titles at the U.S. Open in 2001 and 2004.


Playing partner Steve Stricker, the first-round leader after a 64 that he completed with a birdie in the morning, had a 70 to drop into a tie for second with Brandt Jobe.

”Steve got off to great start yesterday and you feel like you’re falling way behind,” Goosen said. ”I managed to finish OK this morning only being five behind and suddenly I went on a roll and his game went dead. So it’s funny how it works.”

Stricker is coming off a victory two weeks ago in the U.S. Senior Open at Norte Dame, and also won the major Regions Tradition in May.

”Never really got anything going at all,” Stricker said. ”Drove it in the rough quite a few times, missed quite a few greens, and just when I did hit it on the green, it really wasn’t that close to have legitimate birdie putts at it. It’s just a good golf course. And if you’re a little off off the tee, you pay the price.”

Firestone is a longtime PGA Tour venue, hosting the World Golf Championships event and previously the World Series of Golf.

”It’s a golf course that I’ve had some good rounds and I’ve also had lots of bad rounds,” Goosen said. ”It’s that kind of course. If you’re a little bit off your game you could be on the fairway behind a tree. So, it’s a course that can get the best of you very quickly and not really playing all that bad.”

Jobe shot 69-65.

”It’s a hard golf course. No let-up,” Jobe said. ”I played almost 28 holes. I’m tired. On this golf course, with it being wet and long, it was a long day.”

Jay Haas (68), Kent Jones (67) and Tommy Tolles (67) were tied for fourth at 3 under.

Defending champion Vijay Singh was even par after his second 70. Bernhard Langer was tied for 50th at 8 over after rounds of 76 and 72. He won the event three straight times from 2014 through 2016.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Retief Goosen
-9
69
62
131
T2
Brandt Jobe
-6
69
65
134
T2
Steve Stricker
-6
64
70
134
T4
Kent Jones
-3
70
67
137
T4
Tommy Tolles
-3
70
67
137
T4
Jay Haas
-3
69
68
137
T7
Steve Flesch
-2
71
67
138
T7
Scott Parel
-2
66
72
138
T9
Colin Montgomerie
-1
71
68
139
T9
Tim Petrovic
-1
71
68
139
T11
Kevin Sutherland
E
70
70
140
T11
Olin Browne
E
70
70
140
T11
Bob Estes
E
71
69
140
T11
Ken Duke
E
69
71
140
T11
Vijay Singh
E
70
70
140
T11
Duffy Waldorf
E
70
70
140
T17
Wes Short, Jr.
1
71
70
141
T17
Jerry Kelly
1
69
72
141
T17
Paul Goydos
1
70
71
141
T17
Scott Dunlap
1
73
68
141
T17
Scott McCarron
1
74
67
141
T17
Marco Dawson
1
72
69
141
T23
Woody Austin
2
71
71
142
T23
Billy Andrade
2
73
69
142
T23
Kenny Perry
2
71
71
142
T26
Paul Broadhurst
3
73
70
143
T26
John Daly
3
70
73
143
T26
Miguel Angel Jiménez
3
73
70
143
T26
Tom Lehman
3
72
71
143
T30
Tom Byrum
4
74
70
144
T30
Scott Verplank
4
68
76
144
T30
Joe Durant
4
75
69
144
T30
Dan Forsman
4
76
68
144
T30
David McKenzie
4
70
74
144
T30
Doug Garwood
4
72
72
144
T30
Tom Pernice Jr.
4
71
73
144
T37
Michael Bradley
5
77
68
145
T37
Corey Pavin
5
75
70
145
T37
Glen Day
5
72
73
145
T37
Shaun Micheel
5
70
75
145
T37
Jeff Maggert
5
71
74
145
T42
Steve Jones
6
71
75
146
T42
Jeff Sluman
6
76
70
146
T44
Mark Calcavecchia
7
72
75
147
T44
Bart Bryant
7
72
75
147
T44
Stephen Ames
7
76
71
147
T44
Fred Couples
7
75
72
147
T44
Gene Sauers
7
76
71
147
T49
Kirk Triplett
8
75
73
148
T49
Bernhard Langer
8
76
72
148
T49
Lee Janzen
8
71
77
148
T49
Billy Mayfair
8
77
71
148
T49
Loren Roberts
8
76
72
148
T49
David Toms
8
73
75
148
T55
David Frost
9
78
71
149
T55
Willie Wood
9
74
75
149
T55
Jerry Smith
9
75
74
149
T55
Rocco Mediate
9
76
73
149
T55
Tom Gillis
9
74
75
149
T55
John Huston
9
73
76
149
T61
John Cook
10
77
73
150
T61
Sandy Lyle
10
72
78
150
T61
Chris DiMarco
10
76
74
150
T64
Larry Mize
11
76
75
151
T64
Joey Sindelar
11
73
78
151
T66
Russ Cochran
12
76
76
152
T66
Carlos Franco
12
75
77
152
68
Esteban Toledo
13
76
77
153
69
Ken Tanigawa
14
78
76
154
70
Michael Allen
15
75
80
155
71
Mark Brooks
17
74
83
157
72
Robert Gamez
18
81
77
158
73
Bob Gilder
19
75
84
159
74
Scott Simpson
22
82
80
162
75
Bobby Wadkins
23
81
82
163
76
Danny Edwards
29
88
81
169
WD
Mark O’Meara
36
36
WD
Tommy Armour III
74
29
103