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September 24 2010

10:02 PM

Past champ Goosen makes move

Retief Goosen has experienced success at East Lake, specifically in 2004 when he won THE TOUR Championship by four strokes over Tiger Woods.

That was back before the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup was created.

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So now the stakes are higher, but the course still seems quite inviting for Goosen, who carded a 4-under 66 to put himself near the top of the leaderboard going into the final 36 holes.

Goosen produced the best front nine of the day, going out in 31 as he birdied the third hole, then finished the front nine with three consecutive birdies.

It was a much different -- make that much better -- feeling than his opening 71 on Thursday.

"Yesterday, I was up-and-down on every hole," Goosen said, "and today I had a birdie chance on every hole."

In his first five starts at East Lake, Goosen never finished outside the top 10. But last year, he was 23rd in the 30-man field.

He seems back in form this week, but other than a bit of knowledge on the greens, he isn't sure that his past success at East Lake will help him this week.

"You're going to have to play well," he said. "It doesn't matter if you're a past champion."

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