Goosen best of SA players in Bridgestone

Retief Goosen was the best of the South Africans in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio at the weekend as he finished in a share of 23rd.

His final-round even-par 70 left him on two-under for the tournament, 15 strokes behind winner Adam Scott, who cruised to a big four-stroke victory over world number one Luke Donald.

In a good week’s work, Hennie Otto earned himself $68,500 for his share of 29th, finishing one-under-par for the tournament after flirting with a top-10 finish with his fine second-round 66. He opened and closed with a pair of 69s, and it was only the third-round 75 which damaged his chances of a higher finish.

Next best amongst the South Africans was Ernie Els, who had a share of 37th at one-over – but he will be pleased that his best round came in the last when he carded a two-under-par 68.

Louis Oosthuizen also finished well with a final-round 69 to tie for 37th on the same total as Tiger Woods, and Rory Sabbatini, who started so well with his opening 66, slipped to a share of 48th on three-over-par for the tournament.

Charl Schwartzel was uncharacteristically the lowest finisher of the South Africans, back on four-over-par 284 in a share of 53rd in his poorest performance of the year in the US.

Scott displayed the kind of form which made him the ‘next big thing’ some years ago before his mojo – and his putting – deserted him.

On the back nine he pulled away from his pursuers with four birdies and a 10-footer to save par on the 15th as he cruised to a flawless 65.

Donald shared second with Rickie Fowler, while Jason Day, Scott’s 23-year-old countryman who has twice been runner-up in majors this year, and Ryo Ishikawa, the 19-year-old Japanese star, were another stroke back in a tie for fourth.

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