Retief Goosen took an important step toward rejoining the elite in golf Sunday by closing with a 1-under 70 for a one-shot victory in the Transitions Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla., his first PGA Tour win in nearly four years.
Goosen had a two-shot lead with three holes to play on the demanding Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, when, just like everyone else, he struggled to hang on. The two-time U.S. Open champion barely made it.
Needing only two putts from 25 feet for the win, he watched his first putt roll 5 feet past the hole. His par putt curled in the side of the cup, giving him a one-shot victory over Charles Howell III and Brett Quigley.
Quigley is now 0 for 342 in his 13 years on the PGA Tour.
Pat Hurst shot a 4-under 68 to beat top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Yani Tseng by one stroke at the Mastercard Classic at Huixquilucan, Mexico.
Hurst sank a long putt on the 18th green at the tough BosqueReal Country Club to finish at 10-under 206. Top-ranked Ochoa (69) had three bogeys and six birdies, and Tseng (70) had three bogeys and five birdies.
Hurst won $195,000 for her first victory since the Safeway Classic in 2006.
Argentina’s Estanislao Goya won his first European tour title, holding off Scotland’s Callum Macaulay by a stroke to capture the Madeira Islands Open at Porto Santo, Madeira Islands.
The 20-year-old Goya started the day three shots ahead and closed with a 2-over 73 to finish at 6-under 278. Macaulay, ranked No. 1,009, equaled a course record with a 64 in which he birdied eight of the last nine holes.