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Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 08:24 GMT
Goosen strolls to Classic victory
Retief Goosen won by eight shots
Goosen could afford to take things easy
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South African Retief Goosen eased his way to a comfortable eight-shot win in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth.

Leading by a tour-record 13 strokes going into the final round, he resumed with a double bogey six but was never going to be caught.

It was difficult playing with a big lead knowing you might have other problems on your back
Retief Goosen

He eventually finished on 14-under-par after hitting a 73, claiming the 150,000 first prize from Sweden's Pierre Fulke, who pipped Sergio Garcia for second spot.

"It was really funny having such a big lead and, in a way, it was difficult playing with a big lead knowing you might have other problems on your back," said Goosen.

The victory moves the South Africa, the US Open champion, back to the top of the European Order of Merit he won last year.

Leaderboard after final round of the Johnnie Walker Classic
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72)

274 Retief Goosen (SA) 70-68-63-73
282 Pierre Fulke (Swe) 72-70-74-66
283 Sergio Garcia (Sp) 69-73-72-69
286 Ernie Els (SA) 72-71-71-72
Raphael Jacquelin (Fr) 75-72-72-68, Simon Dyson 71-74-70-72, Anthony Wall 71-75-69-72
288 Nick Dougherty 74-76-68-70, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 73-73-71-71

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Glenn Mitchell reports for BBC Sport
"Goosen had some of the gallery contemplating the unthinkable"
South African Retief Goosen
"I managed to hang in there - somehow"
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