Retief Goosen’s putter clicked into gear as he jumped 74 places to 198th on the World Golf Rankings with his share of second on the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open at the weekend.
The two-time US Open champion had slipped to 272nd on the list, but his final-round of eight-under-par 64 saw him climb 13 spots on the leaderboard to finish two shots off the pace of winner DA Points together with Bryson DeChambeau and Bill Lunde at 18-under-par for the tournament.
“Today I made more putts than I made all year,” said Goosen. “It all comes down to putting on a day like this with perfect conditions.”
Behind Goosen, Rory Sabbatini closed with a four-under 68 to finish at 10-under in a share of 37th. Tyrone van Aswegen missed the third-round cut after a 74 in the third round, and Trevor Immelman’s pair of level-par 72s were not good enough for him to make the halfway cut which fell at three-under.
For Goosen, it was just good to get himself back into the kind of form which could get him into contention again.
“It’s nice to get a low round in and have a chance,” he said. “I played pretty okay in the first couple of rounds and probably could have been better. The third round was a scruffy round, I didn’t hit it close at all and didn’t really make anything.”
He now moves on to play in this week’s Shell Houston Open.