March 18 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Retief Goosen was playing the Transitions Championship on borrowed time.
With his back in such bad shape that it will require Platelet-rich Plasma injections next week, Goosen played his way to the lead through three rounds at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook with smoke, mirrors and a Band-Aid swing.
The final round it all fell apart with Goosen making double bogey on the par-5 first, where he flared his tee shot right and into the trees, and going out in 40 on his way to a 4-over 75 and a tie for 20th.
“I just can't get on to my left side,” said Goosen, whose last chance to qualify for the Masters came and went. He will skip next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard to receive treatment on his back and doesn’t plan to play the Shell Houston Open.
“Played like a dog, simple as that. I could have done better than that, working with the issue on my back, but I wouldn't say my back was any worse.”
His back might not have been but his game certainly was. A day after shooting 65, Goosen made five bogeys, one double bogey and three birdies. He lost his lead on the first hole and never came close to regaining it.
”[Saturday] I hit a lot of bad shots and got a way with it and today I didn't,” Goosen said.