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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 November, 2004, 22:10 GMT
Goosen wins Tour Championship
Retief Goosen
US unless stated
-11 R Goosen (SA)
-7 T Woods
-6 J Kelly
-5 S Ames (Can), M Hensby (Aus), M Weir (Can), J Haas
Retief Goosen recorded a stunning final round to win the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia by four strokes from Tiger Woods.

The South African had started the day four strokes behind Woods and Jay Haas but while the final pairing struggled on the front nine Goosen was flawless.

He shot six birdies in a six-under-par 64 to finish on an 11-under 269.

Woods and Haas never recovered from early bogeys as they finished seven under and four under respectively.

"It's great to finish the season off this way. It has been a great year," said Goosen.

"At the start of the day I thought 11 or 12 under (would win). When I saw Tiger and Jay got off to a bad start I thought nine under would be a good score."

And Woods could not disquise his disappointment.

"I feel very bad," said the former world number one. "I feel like I should have won the tournament.

"Four shots ahead, I was looking forward to shooting something in the 60s to win. But that didn't happen."

US Open champion Goosen had shown his intention from the outset with a birdie at the first, another at the third and an up-and-down birdie from a greenside bunker at the par-five ninth.

I looked at the leaderboard and Goosen is making birdie after birdie. I was like, 'Where are you going, bro?'
Tiger Woods

Woods, though, was paying for not hitting the fairways and was three over for the day after seven holes.

He stopped the rot with two birdies round the turn and, after a superb up-and-down at 15, looked to be mounting a familiar charge.

But Goosen had already added further birdies at the 13th and 15th and matched Woods' efforts a hole behind him, sending a 195-yard approach out of light rough to three feet at the 16th for another birdie.

It earned him a lead that he was never to relinquish and, despite missing his first green in regulation at 18, he saved par and Woods dropped successive shots at the 16th and 17th to end his hopes.

Jerry Kelly, who had started the day eight shots behind the leaders, had moved into contention with seven birdies but successive bogeys at 17 and 18 cost him.

And world number one Vijay Singh went out in five-under-par 30 but three bogeys cancelled out three birdies on the back nine. He had needed to finish fourth or above to send him past the $11m barrier for the season but was left in ninth place.


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