Goosen chases Spaniards in Germany

Retief Goosen ended the BMW International Open tied for third alongside countryman George Coetzee as Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Pablo Larrazabal went to a playoff which the latter won after five extra holes on Sunday in Munich, Germany.

It was JBe’ Kruger who led the South African charge on day one, which also happened to be his 25th birthday, with an impressive opening round of six-under par 66. Kruger finished the tournament tied for 64th.

The heavy rain and slow greens seemed not to affect Goosen on day one as he carded a bogey-free round of 68 to take him to four-under par.

Day two saw Goosen shoot three-under par 69 to be tied for ninth, just three shots behind fellow South African George Coetzee.

The next day Goosen had a solid round, an eagle on the 16th the highlight of a card of five-under par 67, which took him to a five-way share of second on 12-under par.

On the final day Goosen struggled to score on the front nine, while Spanish players Garcia and Larrazabal capitalised, flying to five- and six-under par respectively. “The front nine was the best golf of my season,” Larrazabal said.

The pressure to perform made the closing holes at the Munchen Eichenried Golf Club that much harder, with Goosen negotiating his way around the back nine in level par, including a bogey on the 16th, which he had eagled just a day before.

The Spaniards stayed two shots in the lead at 16-under par, the tournament ending in a five-hole play-off which Larrazabal won.

Retief Goosen will be pleased with his more consistent form throughout the tournament, but will be looking forward to breaking his winless streak on the European Tour that dates back to 2005.

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