4th July 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Goose plays his way into Carnoustie for The Open
He’s had eight top-10 finishes in The Open Championship, and Retief Goosen will be making a return to the most venerable major championship when tees it up at Carnoustie Golf Links on July 19.
Goosen was one of 12 players who made it through four Final Qualifying fields yesterday, and he will be hoping to improve on his share of 23rd behind winner Padraig Harrington in 2007, the last time The Open was played at Carnoustie.
He qualified in tough conditions at the par-72 Princes Club, with rounds of 71 and 72 to finish in third place behind England’s Tom Lewis and Iceland’s Haraldur Magnus.
“I am glad it played tough today, as I play better when it is difficult,” said Goosen. “I drove the ball well, and my long putting in the wind was good. This will be my last Open as a regular tour player – next year I’ll be with the seniors – but I’m looking forward to it. Carnoustie is always tough but I’m sure it will be in great condition.”
Goosen wasn’t able to make a return trip to Shinnecock Hills for the US Open last month. He won the US Open in both 2001 and 2004, and made the trip to England for the 36-hole qualifier, where he earned the third and final qualifying spot at Princes by a single shot.
There were also qualifiers held simultaneously at St Annes Old Links, Hollinwell and The Renaissance Club, with three qualifying spots available at each venue.
Playing his way into The Open for the second time was Cape Town Open champion Rhys Enoch of Wales. He finished third at Hollinwell on two-under after the 36 holes, with England’s Ashton Turner and Oliver Wilson ahead of him.
Matias Calderon, the 2018 Eye of Africa PGA Championship winner, missed out at Princes by one stroke, as did Sunshine Tour rookie Kyle McClatchie.
Goosen, 49, will make his 19th Open appearance and compiled six top-10 finishes between 2002-2010. But the South African has played The Open just once since 2012, tying for 20th at St Andrews three years ago.