Goosen finishes runner-up to Clarke

Jan 24, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

An eight-under-par 64 was not enough to give Retief Goosen the title on Saturday as he finished runner-up in the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii.

Goosen’s bogey-free round which included six birdies and an eagle was matched by Darren Clarke, and the two-stroke edge the Northern Ireland player had over the South African going into the final round was enough to give him the win.

Clarke finished on 21-under, while Goosen was on 19-under, with Jerry Kelly in third on 17-under.

Goosen had picked up four strokes on par at the turn with his eagle and two of his birdies, and drawn level with Clarke who had made just two birdies. But Clarke turned on the afterburners on the homeward nine with six birdies, and Goosen’s four were no match.

Ernie Els had a sold weekend, closing with a four-under 68 to move to 10-under for the tournament and a share of 11th.

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