Bridgestone Senior Players Championship R4

Retief Goosen wins first PGA Champions title

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


Retief Goosen birdied the final two holes to win the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on Sunday at Firestone Country Club for his first PGA Tour Champions title.


The 50-year-old Hall of Famer from South Africa broke a tie for the lead with a 15-foot putt on the par-4 17th and made a 10-footer on the par-4 18th for a 2-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over 65-year-old Jay Haas and Tim Petrovic.

”It’s been 10 years since I last won a tournament,” Goosen said. ”The nerves were there, and to have those nerves a little bit again in the last few weeks, you know, you’ve just got to put yourself in a position all the time to get used to it again and that’s what I’ve done and it finally paid off this week.”

Three strokes ahead after opening rounds of 69 and 62, Goosen dropped a stroke behind Scott Parel on Saturday with a 75.


”Played great the first two rounds and then didn’t play all that bad yesterday, just let the course get the better of me,” Goosen said. ”And today it was playing tough again. It was tough to get close, tough to make birdies, but managed to finish with four birdies in the last six holes or seven holes, so it was nice to pull it off.”

The two-time U.S. Open champion rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 first with an eagle on the par-5 second, then parred the next eight. He offset a double bogey on the par-4 11th with birdies on the par-3 12th and par-4 13th, but dropped another stroke on the par-4 14th. Firestone is a longtime PGA Tour venue, hosting the World Golf Championships event and previously the World Series of Golf.

”It’s an unbelievable course,” Goosen said. ”It’s a golf course that hitting the fairways is the No. 1 priority, and even if you’re on the fairway, sometimes you struggle to get close. It’s a great golf course. This week it played tough with the way the wind blew.”

Haas, trying to become the oldest winner in tour history, closed with a 67.

”It does not suit me at all,” Haas said about Firestone. ”But the way it was playing, it was playing pretty fast in the fairways and everything, and if I could keep it in the fairway I had a chance. But Retief’s hitting an iron on 17. I’m hitting a driver and that same iron.”

Petrovic shot 68.

”I’ve been struggling,” Petrovic said. ”Been kind of doing everything mediocre this year. Kind of got back to work this week, kind of went back to basics.”

Parel had a 73 to tie for fourth with Kent Jones (71) at 2 under.

”I think I probably will do better next time I’m here,” Parel said. ”I was probably not as prepared for the course. I probably needed to take a club out, put another one in here or there. Really seemed to bite me today more than anything.”

Steve Stricker, the first-round leader after a 64, shot a 72 to finish sixth at 1 under. He was 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.

”Just made too many mistakes again,” Stricker said. ”Didn’t make too many putts when I did have some opportunities, and you’ve got to have all parts of your game working here. It’s a great course. It was set up tough, but a great week.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Retief Goosen
-6
69
62
75
68
274
T2
Jay Haas
-4
69
68
72
67
276
T2
Tim Petrovic
-4
71
68
69
68
276
T4
Kent Jones
-2
70
67
70
71
278
T4
Scott Parel
-2
66
72
67
73
278
6
Steve Stricker
-1
64
70
73
72
279
T7
Kenny Perry
E
71
71
71
67
280
T7
Woody Austin
E
71
71
70
68
280
T7
Scott McCarron
E
74
67
71
68
280
10
Steve Flesch
1
71
67
72
71
281
T11
Tom Lehman
2
72
71
69
70
282
T11
Michael Bradley
2
77
68
67
70
282
T13
Kevin Sutherland
3
70
70
71
72
283
T13
Miguel Angel Jiménez
3
73
70
68
72
283
T13
Ken Duke
3
69
71
70
73
283
T13
Colin Montgomerie
3
71
68
71
73
283
T13
Brandt Jobe
3
69
65
73
76
283
T18
Olin Browne
4
70
70
73
71
284
T18
Billy Andrade
4
73
69
71
71
284
T18
John Daly
4
70
73
69
72
284
T18
Vijay Singh
4
70
70
70
74
284
T22
Fred Couples
5
75
72
69
69
285
T22
Doug Garwood
5
72
72
68
73
285
T24
Tommy Tolles
6
70
67
76
73
286
T24
Duffy Waldorf
6
70
70
73
73
286
T24
Jerry Kelly
6
69
72
72
73
286
T24
Bob Estes
6
71
69
72
74
286
T24
Wes Short, Jr.
6
71
70
70
75
286
29
Gene Sauers
7
76
71
71
69
287
T30
Paul Goydos
8
70
71
78
69
288
T30
Marco Dawson
8
72
69
77
70
288
T30
Paul Broadhurst
8
73
70
74
71
288
T30
David McKenzie
8
70
74
73
71
288
T34
Lee Janzen
10
71
77
74
68
290
T34
Bernhard Langer
10
76
72
72
70
290
T34
Tom Byrum
10
74
70
75
71
290
T34
Joe Durant
10
75
69
73
73
290
T34
Steve Jones
10
71
75
70
74
290
T39
John Huston
11
73
76
73
69
291
T39
Jeff Maggert
11
71
74
75
71
291
T39
Scott Verplank
11
68
76
75
72
291
T39
Corey Pavin
11
75
70
73
73
291
T39
Billy Mayfair
11
77
71
70
73
291
T39
Stephen Ames
11
76
71
70
74
291
T39
Scott Dunlap
11
73
68
74
76
291
T46
David Toms
12
73
75
75
69
292
T46
Tom Pernice Jr.
12
71
73
77
71
292
T46
Loren Roberts
12
76
72
73
71
292
T46
Bart Bryant
12
72
75
73
72
292
T46
Mark Calcavecchia
12
72
75
72
73
292
T46
Shaun Micheel
12
70
75
69
78
292
T52
Larry Mize
13
76
75
72
70
293
T52
Glen Day
13
72
73
74
74
293
T54
John Cook
14
77
73
72
72
294
T54
David Frost
14
78
71
72
73
294
T54
Jeff Sluman
14
76
70
73
75
294
T57
Michael Allen
15
75
80
70
70
295
T57
Tom Gillis
15
74
75
72
74
295
59
Dan Forsman
17
76
68
75
78
297
T60
Sandy Lyle
18
72
78
75
73
298
T60
Russ Cochran
18
76
76
72
74
298
T60
Esteban Toledo
18
76
77
71
74
298
T63
Ken Tanigawa
19
78
76
74
71
299
T63
Rocco Mediate
19
76
73
77
73
299
T65
Jerry Smith
20
75
74
79
72
300
T65
Kirk Triplett
20
75
73
73
79
300
67
Carlos Franco
21
75
77
76
73
301
68
Willie Wood
22
74
75
78
75
302
T69
Mark Brooks
26
74
83
77
72
306
T69
Chris DiMarco
26
76
74
81
75
306
T69
Joey Sindelar
26
73
78
76
79
306
72
Bob Gilder
32
75
84
79
74
312
73
Robert Gamez
33
81
77
79
76
313
74
Bobby Wadkins
35
81
82
76
76
315
75
Scott Simpson
40
82
80
81
77
320
76
Danny Edwards
53
88
81
78
86
333
WD
Mark O’Meara
36
36
WD
Tommy Armour III
74
29
103