Goosen searching for four good rounds

Retief Goosen is looking to eliminate that single bad round he has been getting in tournaments recently as he searches to convert the superb run of high-up finishes into one more victory.

For Goosen in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, that bad round came in the second round, with his one-under-par 71 marred by a double-bogey six on the sixth, and two more bogeys which came on the 10th and 13th.

“I need four solid rounds to get a win in,” said Goosen, expressing the frustration that has emerged after his superlative 2010 which saw him finish 10 times in the top 10 on the US PGA Tour and five times on the European Tour. “I’m a little bit inconsistent from tee-to-green. I need to work on it,” he added.

The problem for Goosen is that – even though the ‘bad’ round is not calamitous – he often ends up chasing someone who is beyond reach.

So his superb final round in Abu Dhabi was an error-free eight-under-par 64 which lifted him 10 places up the leaderboard into third place, but it left him a staggering 10 shots behind winner Martin Kaymer.

“He’s killing us,” said Goosen. “He’s played some awesome golf around here in the last few years, and you know, I know what it feels like when you’re in such a zone; it’s a great feeling.”

Repeating the great feeling four times in a row is the aim now, instead of feeling that the final round of a tournament is preparation for the following week: “I’m just trying to work it out,” he said. “I practiced a lot on the weekend, Friday afternoon and Saturday, and slowly got better. I hope I can take it into Qatar hitting the ball better and give myself a chance to win.”

The problem for many players this year will be catching Kaymer: Even had Goosen not dropped those four shots in the second round, he would still have finished second.

He’s out to go one better than that, though. “Four good rounds,” he repeated.

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