March 18 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The final pairing of Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen won’t tee off for almost another two hours (1:50 p.m. ET) but when they do they’ll take some pretty good history with them to the first tee.
Furyk, for example, has led or shared the lead going into the final round 13 times in his career and gone on to wine on nine of those occasions (the last was at THE TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2010). Goosen, meanwhile, was in the final pairing when he won both his Transitions titles here in 2003 and 2009.
Here’s more on Furyk and Goosen as they get set for the final round:
Jim Furyk (66-70-66)
-- Furyk has won 16 times on the PGA TOUR, including here at the Transitions Championship in 2010.
-- Of his 16 victories, Furyk has won two events multiple times -- the Las Vegas Invitational in 1995, 1998, 1999 and the Canadian Open in 2006, 2007.
-- When Furyk won here two years ago, he had a three-stroke lead going into the final round before hanging on to win by one over K.J. Choi.
-- Furyk’s best finish in four starts this season was a tie for 11th at the Northern Trust Open.
Retief Goosen (69-68-65)
-- Goosen’s 65 on Saturday was not only the low round of the day but his best score ever on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook (beating his previous best of a 66 in 2003 in the second round and in 2004 in the third round).
-- Goosen has posted three consecutive sub-70 rounds in his first 54 holes for the first time since last year’s Wyndham Championship, where he tied for fifth. He has not carded four straight scores in the 60s since the 2010 Travelers Championship (a stretch of 26 starts).
-- Goosen has won seven times on the PGA TOUR, including at the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open, but his win here in 2009 was his last victory on TOUR.
-- Goosen’s best finish this year was a tie for 34th at the Northern Trust Open. His last top-10 was a tie for third at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2011 (a span of 11 starts).