Thanks to seven birdies and just one bogey Saturday, Retief Goosen shot a 6-under 64 to move into contention at TPC Southwind.
Goosen’s round, which included four straight birdies over his final five holes, was nothing short of spectacular -- for one, he needed only 24 putts after hitting 76 percent of his greens in regulation.
“You have to grind it out there,” Goosen said. “It's not one of the longest courses we play on TOUR, but it's very tricky and especially these breezy conditions and the heat. The greens are getting crusty out there, too.”
This year hasn’t exactly been a banner one for Goosen -- he has just one top-25 in seven starts on the PGA TOUR -- but success here shouldn’t come as a shock. Goosen tied for 15th in this event last year and his 2001 U.S. Open came at equally hot Southern Hills.
The heat, or the difficulty of the course, didn’t bother Goosen either.
“I like tough golf courses,” Goosen said. “I'd rather feel like some holes par is a good score instead of birdie maybe is a good score.”