Goosen 3 off the pace in Ally Challenge

Aug 28, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Retief Goosen carded a five-under-par 67 on Friday in the first round of the PGA Tour Champions Ally Challenge to be in a share of ninth when play was suspended with some players through just 12 holes.

Goosen made five birdies in his bogey-free round, and was three shots off the lead held jointly by Marco Dawson of the United States and Germany’s Bernhard Langer. Their 64s were one shot better than Americans Jim Furyk and Joe Durant, and KJ Choi of Korean who shared third.

Goosen started his round with a birdie on the par-five first, and he picked up another shot on the fifth. He reached the turn in two-under, and then birdies on 12, 15 and 18 too him to his share of ninth.

Ernie Els also managed to complete his first round ahead of the suspension, carding a three-under-par 69. He also started his round with a birdie on one, but he followed that with a bogey on two. He regained that shot with a birdie on five, and then he made an eagle three on the par-five seventh. He had two birdies and two bogeys on his homeward nine.

The other South African in the field was David Frost, and he signed for a one-under 71.

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